Puma Energy PNG set a record safety landmark of 14 million working hours without any injury reported that could require time off at their 28 operational sites around the country.
All the staff and contractors celebrated this achievement at the Puma Energy Refinery, Napa Napa Camp just outside of Port Moresby and what better way to celebrate this milestone achievement with Prime Minister James Marape as the Guest of Honour.
Puma Energy since taking over from Inter Oil in 2014 has counted 14 million man hours which adds up to seven years of safe working by about 1000 Puma staff and contractor staff who are keeping the country supplied with refined products and services.
Speaking at the event, Puma Country General Manager Hulala Tokome stated that this milestone defines Puma Energy as who they are as a company, where the most important aspect is everybody goes home safely at the end of each day.
“For the first time in history of this organisation in PNG, we are celebrating a company wide collective safe achievement covering the refinery and the downstream organisation.”
Mr Tokome further highlighted that Puma Energy is not just a leading energy supplier but also an industry leader in HSSE performance in PNG and across the world.
“Our record is among the best achieved anywhere within the Puma Business Globally,” said Mr Tokome.
The 14 million working hours without injury that Puma sets covers all operations within the boundaries of the company’s refinery, 12 terminals, 12 aviation sites, head office and two commercial centres through the country as well as the 1.6 million kilometres clocked up annually by the company’s owned fleet of 100 light vehicles and 15 trucks, and all these means that no staff or contractor staff has ever taken any time off from work because of injuries sustained from an unsafe incident at work for that period of time.
Prime Minister James Marape who was a guest at the celebrations congratulated Puma energy for such a milestone achievement.
“Puma and those of you in the energy space you energise our country, you keep our country running, you oil our country and you energize our country.”
“And to have achieve 14 million hrs of work place safety especially in the last few years when we were really stressed out and for you to continue to supply energy to our country, I just thought on behalf of the country, I put my face behind the microphone and to give you the commendation as the Prime Minster of this country, “says Prime Minister.
Prime Minister ‘James Marape highlighted the importance of energy providers having a robust competitive environment which is good for the customers.
“One day you want to retire to a country where the fuel is cheaper than what you are paying today!”
Prime Minister invites Puma Energy to consider partnering with the government in providing lower cost for fuel, gas and power in the country, and with 10 million plus people in the country who need fuel going into the future, this is a good market space for Puma.