The Kuriva community in the Central province will now benefit from a mini solar power grid to an ambulance service all thanks to Papua LNG and its partners to ensure basic services reach the communities they operate in.
Firstly, in partnership with the USAID Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership Activity, Papua LNG embarked on a solar electrification project to provide a 42-kilowatt renewable energy mini-grid for the St John Bosco – Kuriva Primary School and the Kuriva Sub-Health Centre, which was commissioned on Tuesday 26th September.
The Managing Director of TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited, Mr. Jean-Marc Noiray said the reason for them providing this support is because health and education are the backbone of any society, as they ensure the future of the next generation.
“I am pleased to inaugurate this project for the Kuriva Primary School and the Kuriva sub-health centre, which demonstrates among the many social benefits, the jobs and value creation that projects like ours can bring to our neighbouring communities, so we may prosper together,” he added.
Also, Papua LNG is committed to improving the education and health services in its surrounding Project communities in cooperation with the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority (PNGFA), to progress Afforestation / Reforestation (A/R) and forest conservation activities at the Kuriva forestry station.
This relationship was further solidified through the signing of two pivotal agreements on August 22nd between TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited and PNGFA.
Additionally, PNGFA Chief Operating Officer Mrs. Magdalene Maihua together with Mr. Noiray, announced at the event that the Kuriva community will also benefit from a St John Ambulance team to be based at the Kuriva Health Centre as part of the project’s initiative.
Meanwhile, to commemorate the newly stationed ambulance service, the keys were ceremoniously handed over to the Member for Hiri-Koiari Keith Iduhu by the Deputy Commissioner of St John Ambulance Ms. Jacquie Hennessy and TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited Business Director, Dr Sangkaran Ratnam.
TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited, as operator of the Papua LNG Project, is fully committed to delivering an exemplary Papua LNG Project, with a strong focus on sustainability, enhancing biodiversity and encouraging low carbon emission solutions.