Oil Search has started assessments and evacuations of its staff as part of the relief efforts in the devastation of quake-related damage in its bases.
Managing Director Peter Botten said, ” We have had to evacuate more than 20 field locations, with more than 600 people demobilised in the last 48 hours.”
The company through its charitable arm, Oil Search Foundation, has also mobilised food, water, clothing and medical supplies to be distributed to affected communities.
“Assessment of urgent infrastructure repairs, including roads and bridges continues, in order to facilitate delivery of aid materials for reconstruction.
“We have also offered our Moro base as a coordination point for delivery of aid into the area and also the use of helicopters for distribution to communities in the area.
“We are working with our community leaders to coordinate delivery of relief. We have offered to provide logistics support to the relief efforts to ensure that people even in the most remote areas get their appropriate support and supplies.
Health workers have also been organised from Tari, lead by Dr James Kintwa, and the Oil Search Foundation for medical outreach.