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Kumul Petroleum Congratulates Santos-OSL Merger

Kumul Petroleum Congratulates Santos-OSL Merger

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Kumul Petroleum) has congratulated Santos Limited and Oil Search Limited on their successful merger.

Wapu Sonk, Managing Director of PNG’s National Oil and Gas Company (Kumul Petroleum) commended, “on behalf of my Board and Trustee Shareholder who is the Prime Minister, the 8 million plus Papua New Guinean shareholders of Kumul Petroleum, I congratulate and commend both industry leaders for a smooth and successful completion of the merger.”

“Santos being a regional industry player and leader with a strong balance sheet to have expressed strong interest in PNG speaks volume for industry confidence in itself.

“Santos having to pursue a greater role play along with Kumul Petroleum, Total SA and ExxonMobil in various oil and gas development project in PNG speak volume for its investor confidence in the sector”.

Mr. Sonk said for OSL, it has been the mainstay and PNG focused oil and gas resources development in the country after Chevron creating positive values and contributing to nation building.

 “As direct beneficiaries of OSL in the early stages as former employee, and now partners in various projects, I would like to farewell a name that was synonym with oil and gas in the country for over 30 years.

“Without OSL, we couldn’t see some of those major development changes in the country through both direct and indirect investment such as tax credit schemes, direct cash injection through corporate tax, employee tax, employment opportunities and many other positive impacted through corporate social responsibility programs made over the years in the project footprints and elsewhere.

However, Mr. Sonk said the change of guard now creates better opportunity for Kumul Petroleum as the leading host partner to Santos and other major global industry players giving prominence to the NOC while adding value to various investment as well as adding value to the industry and country itself.”

The Managing Director said as the host NOC and partner, Kumul Petroleum is looking forward to working with Santos and pick up on the leagues left by OSL and creating more values and opportunities that mutually benefits all partners and shareholder in the business.

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