by Meriba Tulo – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Operations at Puma Energy’s Napanapa Refinery may commence in the coming weeks.
Work at the refinery had been halted in April this year following a determination by the PNG Customs Service that the refinery could no longer manufacture crude oil under bond.
According to Puma Energy Country Manager PNG, Jerry Collings, in recent months Puma Energy, together with the government and relevant agencies, had been working to find interim and long term solutions.
“The work put in by everyone has been considerable, and we believe a permanent solution will be found by working in partnership with government, as we have done to date,” said Collings.
“The intent to work the right solutions for Papua New Guinea is at the forefront of discussions – and as a sign of commitment to PNG, work on expanding the refinery has continued during the suspension period,” he added.
“Puma Energy’s focus now is on delivering a safe and successful restart of the refinery in the coming weeks in a highly skilled and professional manner.”