A recent visit to the PNG LNG Plant Site proved to be a valuable educational experience for local Pacific Adventist University (PAU) Environmental Science students.
As part of their university studies, the third and fourth-year students spent the day at the LNG Plant Site to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the environmental impact assessment process.
“These assessments, which are required under the Environmental Act of Papua New Guinea, involve extensive research and mitigations to ensure we are operating responsibly and protect the environment throughout our Project activities,” explained Ruben Medrano, Environment and Regulatory Manager for Esso Highlands Limited (EHL), the operator of the PNG LNG Project.
“Our environmental impact assessments involved years of study across the entire Project and numerous consultations with government stakeholders and community,” added Ruben. “We are pleased to have had this opportunity to share knowledge about the importance of this process, which helps achieve our vision to Protect Tomorrow.Today.”
The visitors, which included 32 students and three instructors, were impressed with the environmental information about the Project shared by Cal Finley, EHL Environmental and Regulatory Advisor.
“As a student studying in a developing nation, most of the time we are only able to study the theoretical aspects of the technologies in our fields,” said third-year student Moasope McCarthy. “This visit gave us the opportunity to see the physical applications of these technologies that we only see in the text books and the internet. It also gave us the opportunity to envisage where our studies might take us, thus boosting our enthusiasm in our fields of study.”
Elisapesi Manson, PAU’s Acting Dean, School of Science and Technology, commended the PNG LNG Project for its transparency and serious commitment to the environment.
“This is the kind of experience that makes a difference in the education of the individuals,” she said. “These graduates will influence many others in making this PNG nation a better place to live and a nation that can effectively cope with increasing global demands.”
Lead Media and Communications Adviser
Esso Highlands Limited
PNG LNG Project
Port Moresby, PNG