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Kumul Petroleum Holdings donates solar lamps to Kadovar volcano victims
Governor Alan Bird receiving boxes of solar lighting kits from KPHL’s Executive General Manager, External Affairs, Mr Ian Marru.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings donates solar lamps to Kadovar volcano victims

Papua New Guinea’s National Oil and Gas Company (NOC) Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) today supported Kadovar island volcano victims of East Sepik with a donation of solar lighting equipment and lamps.

A total of 52 solar panels and kits which can light up more than 60 houses or dwellings were presented to East Sepik Governor Alan Bird.

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited had earlier this year donated K50, 000 after the Kadovar volcanic eruptions which resulted in the islanders moving to the mainland of East Sepik.

The company then began discussions with Governor Bird on what further assistance could be provided.

KPHL also donated some solar lighting kits last month to Life PNG Care for the Baruni community to enable children do their studies and homework in the evenings.

Managing Director Wapu Sonk said KPHL was pleased to support Kadovar islanders.

Mr Sonk said, “As the National Oil and Gas Company, we are pleased to assist the victims of a Kadovar disaster which has displaced the islanders who are now living in a new settlement on the mainland. This solar lighting kits will greatly improve the livelihoods of these people.

“One of our company values is to create benefits for Papua New Guineans and this donation is certainly going to benefit the people who have been resettled on the mainland.”

Governor Bird expressed his gratitude upon receiving the solar lighting kits and said he would liaise with the airlines to airlift the boxes of solar lighting kits to Wewak.

The new settlement currently takes care of 526 Kadovar islanders.

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