Luke Liria (KPHL), Richard Kassman (TotalEnergies), Wapu Sonk (KPHL), Jean Marc Noiray (TotalEnergies), Marie-Alix Dognin (Total Energies), Evan Shellshear (UBIDY).


Today, as operator for the Papua LNG Project, TotalEnergies EP PNG (TEP PNG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding confirming its sponsorship support of the WAN PNG platform. WAN PNG is a national candidate database and career portal that has been developed, and is managed by Kumul Petroleum Holdings to increase the sustainable employment of local talent. Under this arrangement Papua LNG is now a major sponsor for the launch and support of WAN PNG platform to the value of PGK250,000.

Kumul Petroleum Holding’s managing director, Wapu Sonk said, “This commitment by Papua LNG and its operator demonstrates their intention to maximise national content in this LNG project with respect to employment of qualified Papua New Guineans during construction and operations.”

“Kumul Petroleum once again identified an opportunity to assist petroleum and other industry development, and established the WAN PNG portal. Similar to our support of the Kumul Petroleum Academy, plans for a fabrication facility and construction academy, we have a responsibility to play a much bigger role in the industry than just passively holding the State equity in petroleum developments.”

Mr Sonk explained that as a major sponsor of WAN PNG, Papua LNG would be entitled to publish sponsored training opportunities, participate in networking events organised by WAN PNG, post digital advertisements and promote its events, news and services on the portal.

Mr Sonk continued, “WAN PNG is a project dedicated to expanding opportunities for Papua New Guineans, to increase the development and sustainable employment of local PNG talent, so that everyone has the opportunity to participate in development of our resources and the nation’s growing prosperity.”

“The platform will provide a clear pathway to employment no matter whether one is a student, school leaver, university graduate, employed or unemployed. It will provide access to training, life skills, career advice, and employment opportunities.”

It was explained that WAN PNG intended to showcase the best PNG talent to both local and foreign business through its national candidate database – which would kickstart careers through promotion of internship and entry level positions to school leavers and other entrants to the workforce. Also, that it helped to expand diversity through highlighting women and other underrepresented people to employers, to build a more diverse, successful workforce.

Mr Sonk reaffirmed that, “KPHL is more than happy that TEP PNG and its co-venturers, which are our future joint venture partners in Papua LNG, are working with us to maximise national content and real involvement by Papua New Guineans in this next major petroleum development.”