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Discover Santos’ new global support centre in PNG

The company has announced the establishment of its new global support centre in Papua New Guinea (PNG), providing a new avenue for leveraging local talent and promoting them worldwide.

The PNG global support centre was officially launched by Prime Minister James Marape in Port Moresby.

“We do acknowledge the global outreach Santos has in respect to mobilising not just capital and resources for projects in PNG but more importantly, mobilising opportunities for the Human Resources that work within us,” Marape said.

The centre will operate as a hub for providing critical support services to Santos’ worldwide operations, using a local, highly-skilled workforce.

Santos executive vice president of Eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea Brett Darley welcomed and thanked the Prime Minister for his presence in witnessing and officiating at this milestone for the Santos workforce in PNG.

“Our intent is that this global support centre will be a catalyst for employment opportunities, harnessing the potential of local talent and creating pathways for skills and leadership development for our workforce into the future,” Darley said.

Darley said the launch of the global support centre is testament to Santos’ long-standing partnership with PNG and its dedication to supporting the country’s economic growth as the company remains committed to investing in PNG and fostering a mutually beneficial relationship for years to come.

Santos country chair PNG Leon Buskens said the PNG global support centre initiative and the new roles that come with it will support the broader Eastern Australia and PNG asset portfolio resulting in in-sourcing of engineering and maintenance activity as the initial phase.

“This initiative is consistent with our commitment to grow local employment in PNG and complements the PNG Government’s aspirations found in its national content policy framework,” Buskens said.

The primary phase of this project will focus on enhancing PNG’s maintenance and engineering services.

The PNG global support centre will operate initially through a team of six national professionals who will be stationed in Port Moresby, with plans to expand to Santos’ Australian operations by July 2024.

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