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Basil to Cut Costs

By : The National


NEW Communication, Information Technology and Energy Minister Sam Basil wants to put in place “responsible, affordable and accessible” communication in radio, television and the internet during his tenure.

Thanking Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday for assigning him the ministry, Basil said he looked forward to serving the people as a member of Cabinet.

“I will issue official statements on the way forward in the ministry of communications, information technology and energy after being briefed by relevant government departments and agencies,” he said in a statement.

The Communication and Information Technology portfolio was formerly held by Francis Maneke, the Talasea MP from West New Britain, who has since been decommissioned.

The Energy portfolio was held by Fabian Pok, the Minister for Petroleum.

O’Neill said the changes would strengthen the Government’s focus on key growth sectors “that will have a direct impact on business development and community advancement”.

“I have great confidence in the minister’s (Basil’s) capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities that our country faces in these areas (communications and energy),” O’Neill said.

“There are clear synergies between the energy and communications sectors brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.”

Basil said he wanted to see a sustainable energy policy and regulatory framework to power up industries, urban and rural areas.

“Energy is often the first utility requirement before water and telecommunications so we must get our energy policy right,” Basil said. In communications, Basil plans to review the National Broadcasting Commission and provincial radio stations.

He wants the re-introduction of shortwave and medium wave frequencies to improve radio access in remote rural areas as was in the early 1980s.

Basil also hopes to review NBC funding, revenue generation and financial management to see that cash flow and its implications on wages are addressed urgently.

He is the parliamentary leader of the 15 Pangu Pati MPs who recently crossed from the Opposition following the formation of the Government after the general election.


Pangu Pati Leader Appointed Minister

By GORETHY KENNETH ( Post Courier )

PANGU Pati leader Sam Basil is now the new Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy.

He replaces Talasea MP Francis Maneke, whom Prime Minister Peter O’Neill removed while he was on an overseas trip.

His appointment by Mr O’Neill was based on his intention of realigning ministerial portfolios and strengthening the national government’s focus on key growth sectors, that would have a direct impact on business development and community advancement.

An elated Mr Basil in response said he looked forward to serving the people of PNG, citing national broadcaster National Broadcasting Corporation as an entity which deserved close attention in terms of funding and resourcing.

He thanked the Prime Minister for appointing him adding as an overview he would be looking at responsible, affordable and accessible communications in radio, television, internet and cybercrime.

As promised by Mr O’Neill a minor Cabinet reshuffle cannot happen because coalition partners will not accept the changes. Mr O’Neill also appointed another two Pangu vice ministers as part of his appreciation for the party’s move away from the Opposition, making it the second largest coalition partner in government now.

Mr O’Neill thanked Mr Maneke for his short-lived ministerial time and for placing the government’s and national interest above any other considerations.

“Ours is a coalition government in which we must have representation in the Cabinet for all partners in the government.

“There is a set number of Cabinet positions available, and I thank the Member for placing the interests of the government and the nation above all else.

“He is a very capable Member and Minister and has a strong ministerial future in the years ahead.

“In our system of government it is essential that we continue to evolve Cabinet and ministerial allocations in the interest of ensuring consultation and diversity of representation.

“Together, in our government, across districts and provinces, and agencies and departments, we will work together to deliver positive change for the people of Papua New Guinea,” Mr O’Neill said.

He said Mr Basil will be responsible for the energy and communications sectors that are crucial for growing a modern economy.

He said there were clear synergies between the energy and communications brought about by technological advances that are enabling Papua New Guinea to deliver positive change not only in urban areas, but also in rural and remote areas.

“The global energy sector is continually evolving with access to more cost-effective power generation and Papua New Guinea must be at the forefront of harnessing new technologies.

“Modern sources of energy production are more efficient and environmentally friendly, reducing the impact on local ecologies and reducing the causes of climate change.

“Papua New Guinea has already seen one of the most rapid up-takes of new digital communications in the world and we must increase penetration into remote areas.

“Through better communications, people around the country have access to information that changes lives.

“Doctors can access the latest techniques to better treat illnesses and injuries, teachers can deliver improved education for their students, and families can stay in touch regardless of distance.

“Several years ago APEC committed to achieve village access to the Internet as a baseline and we are working to achieve this goal.

“As Minister, Sam Basil will make sure there is increased consultation with our partners and global experts, and work through APEC to improve access to improved technologies that can be implemented at the local level.”

Meantime, Mr Basil has thanked the Prime Minister and looks forward to serving the people in line with the Alotau Accord II. He will issue an official statement soon.

Landowners told to engage consultant on oil spill issue

May 16, 2017 – The National 


LANDOWNERS whose fisheries and coastlines have been affected by the oil spill in Fairfax Harbour need to get independent advice to see if they can sue Puma Energy for any damage caused to the environment, an expert says.

The expert from the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), said the landowners need to engage a consultant to look into their case.

“The query in relation to the possibility of local landowners suing the company is yes, however, it is well obvious that Puma is registered and has a valid environment permit which has obligation to fulfil the respective permit conditions.”

The spill at Fairfax Harbour, Port Moresby, occurred on April 25 from a leak from a subsea hose leading to Puma’s Kanudi terminal facility. The leak resulted in about 19 barrels of oil product being released into the harbour area, Puma said at the time.

The National asked the CEPA expert yesterday, who asked not to be named, for his opinion and he said: “It is now onus on the local landowners to engage an independent environmental consultant to independently calculate and verify the environmental damage caused by Puma Energy and taken up to key stakeholders – CEPA, Department of Justice and the Department of Petroleum and Energy.


Puma Energy Staff cleaning the Oil Spills

“I understand that the CEPA has cooperated with Puma in working together to address this oil spill which were in relation to regulatory compliance under the Environment Act 2000 administratively.

“Our Environment Act 2000, in my personal view, is not that effective in considering the case of the local landowners when it comes to the environmental damage. However, we have a clause under Environment Act 2000 that warrants the emergency clean-up should CEPA see that Puma is not doing enough to control the environmental damage.”

Puma’s country manager, Jim Collings, told journalists last month that Puma wanted to “reassure people that this is a product that has been contained and cleaned up and we are managing that. We will continue to work to ensure that any work on the shore gets cleaned up”.

Collings said Puma safely dealt with 100,000 cubic metres of oil each month – approximately 630,000 US barrels – and that the incident posed no threat to the local fishing industry and marine life in the area.

Australia confident of PNG’s Economy


AUSTRALIA maintains its confidence in the Papua New Guinea economy with renewed investment to strengthen economic ties despite the tough economic climate at present.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis told yesterday’s leaders’ summit in Port Moresby about Canberra’s enduring ties which extend to the business front with strong economic two-way trade.
“Our deep enduring ties extend to business trade and investment, reflecting our strong economic partnership,” Mr Davis said.

Bruce Davis – Australian High Commissioner

“Two-way trade is worth around K14 billion with about 64 per cent of trade exported from Papua New Guinea to Australia.
“This wasn’t trade of just traditional commodities like gold and petroleum – Australia imported almost K100 million worth of coffee from your growers last year, 30 per cent increase from the year before.”
Mr Davis pointed out investments by Australian companies currently stand at around K45 billion in a diverse range of sectors from banking and finance, tourism and legal services, mining oil and gas and others.
He highlighted the importance of bilateral trade investment as a major reason to establish its consulate-general office in Lae.
“There is a market in Australia for cocoa and other agricultural products in Australia too. In fact one Australian iconic chocolate company sources a significant percentage of its cocoa from Papua New Guinea due to its very special and unique flavour.
“This reflects our continued confidence in the economic future of Papua New Guinea. We recognise that Lae is an important commercial hub of Papua New Guinea, home to your largest port, largest manufacturing, and the gateway connecting the islands and the highlands. It is also home to a specific number of Australian businesses.”
The high commissioner maintained the importance of ongoing dialogue to the partnership for both countries to take advantage of opportunities and challenges that the two face, with both being resource based economies having felt the brunt of the recent downturn in commodity.
He maintained the need to harness the Asia-Pacific markets which can be beneficial with less red tape to trade freely to grow small and medium sized businesses.

Inaugural PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit starts today

By: Post Courier – 28th February 2017

The Inaugural PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit is aimed at building platforms for future projects in the petroleum and energy sector. Speaking to the media yesterday, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) managing director Wapu Sonk highlighted the need for more energy to source power for electricity.

He said the summit was one that would bring people with expertise to engage and help the government achieve its vision 2030 and 2050 goals.

Mr Sonk said that the main driver for this summit is to look at how far the country has come as an industry since the oil and PNG LNG productions in 2014 and with few more developments that were planned.

Taking advantage of that, he added that they are now looking at how best they can help the government in achieving its vision 2030 and 2050 by moving into the energy sector so that the people of this country can have access to cheap and reliable power services (electricity).

“The main purpose of this summit is to bring people and their expertise as well as finances to PNG. Therefore through this summit we can be able to exchange knowledge and making connections that will make the government’s visions for its people to have access to electricity a reality.


“Our people need energy so we are trying to get to that platform, we are trying to find energy solution providers and with this summit we are hoping that they will come and provide us with that, whether it is geothermal, solar solutions, or hydro solutions.

“Those are the type of energy solutions that we are looking to bring, using our projects that is happening in the oil and gas,” he said.

Mr Sonk said using the experiences that the industry has from the PNG LNG Project, the third training including the Papua LNG projects were trying to build platforms that would enable the government to work with them to set project policies.

A total of 450 delegates are confirmed to attend the summit starting today and will end on Thursday. The delegates comprise mainly of existing LNG buyers and some prospective buyers and have also attracted a lot of big names in the industry, according to Mr Sonk.

Security vital for APEC 2018


SECURITY preparedness is determinant to staging of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit.
Minister responsible for APEC and Member for Moresby South Justin Tkatchenko said that no matter how good we are in coordinating our airport arrivals, our road movements and hotel check-ins, if security is poor, the meetings will not proceed.
“With the establishment of the APEC PNG Joint Security Task Force, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and I expect the force to be truly a ‘joint task force’.

“It will have a headquarters that does not have an army, police cell or NIO cell but will be a truly joint staffing structure.”
He said the envisaged structure would see the commander appointing people to specific roles based on the skill sets they possess, not because of the service from which they come.
Mr Tkatchenko said during the deployment phase of the operation tasks will be assigned to specific services and operational units under the JSTF umbrella.
“We thank our security partners, particularly Australia, New Zealand and the United States for their support,” he said.

PPL Engineers undertake Training


EIGHT PNG Power Limited engineers have undergone a refresher course on electrical engineering transmission lines design.

The course is facilitated by electrical communication engineering department’s Joe Fisher and Gibson Kupale from the University of Technology.


Ramu grid project manager Aaron Awa said on Wednesday during the presentation of certificates that the refresher course was to equip workers participating meaningfully during the construction of Ramu System Transmission Reinforcement Project (RSTRP).

Mr Awa said the project is currently underway, and being the leader, he wants to ensure it is outstanding and depicts the quality to benefit the people for many years.

“This training was initiated to upskill new engineers in the project who just passed out from universities with electrical engineering qualifications to be more familiar with electrical expertise where for experienced engineers is to target practical aspect more correctly.

“We need to master our calculations when conducting transmission as there are times when consultants can fool us easily.

“Most times we were given transmission designs and we do estimated calculations but now after this course, I will be strict on my engineers to implement what was learnt,” Mr Awa said.

He said it was invaluable knowledge and training which will contribute in seeing PPL transform to satisfy customers.

Unitech deputy head of ECE department Gibson Kupale said the training conducted outlined details in the EE transmission lines design and hoped all tutorials will be implemented.

“Our vision is to reach out to industries and properly train them with the right knowledge when they are out on the field,” he said.

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