EXXONMOBIL PNG has taken in 40 operations and maintenance trainees in its latest intake for work at the PNG LNG project, which celebrated its one year anniversary of production in late April.

The trainees will begin their coursework with a nine-month classroom schedule, which will see them complete foundation skills and basic skills training in oil and gas.

Following that, the 12 women and 28 men will advance their skills into facility specific training at the company’s operating sites, in preparation for later employment at these sites, which includes the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and LNG Plant, along with associated pipelines and wells.

Operations Manager for EMPNG Bruce Page said the program would help trainees build their competency and develop important technical skills.

ExxonMobil PNG recruited the first intake of operations and maintenance trainees in 2010 with 59 trainees completing the program and again in 2012 with a further 76 trainees finishing the program.

Since production from the PNG LNG project began on 29 April 2014, over 6 million tonnes of LNG have been produced and 87 cargoes delivered.

ExxonMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry saying all facilities have been operating above expectations, with seven million production hours worked without a lost time injury.

“Our workforce of more than 2,100, with 70 per cent Papua New Guinean, has proved that we can deliver a reliable source of energy to the world,” he said.

“Their dedication and focus on safety and operational reliability has been outstanding.”

“There is still plenty of work to be done, but it is important to take a moment to remember just how much has been accomplished. We are looking forward to many more decades working with the people of Papua New Guinea to deliver on a lasting legacy for this country,” said Mr Barry.