By Andrew Hobbs

TRAINING company Harness PNG has opened a new training facility in Papua New Guinea after signing a two-year agreement with Canadian rig supply group High Arctic Energy Services (HAES).

Harness Group chief executive Michael O’Reilly told PNG Resources the company had been waiting for the right time to open the facility, at the AES Supply Base on Napa Napa road in Port Moresby.

“High Arctic have been tremendous supporters of Harness and our vision in the training space,” he said.

“Their support has been instrumental and it has helped us to expedite our permanent presence in PNG with three full time training rooms and regular course offerings.”

Hired for two years as the sole supplier of training and competency services to HAES in Papua New Guinea, the agreement comes as HAES introduces two new rigs to PNG.

Mr O’Reilly said the AES base was a logical place for the training facility to be located, with many of its clients from other international business units being based there.

“We offer a variety of technical, safety and industry training relevant across all heavy industry sectors, but certainly very relevant to the oil and gas space who take safety and employee competency very seriously,” he said.

“We have our official launch on 11 May where we will be announcing further initiatives, collaborations and opportunities for the PNG people.”

Harness expected to train upwards of 1,000 people, mostly PNG nationals, in one year, with hopes for further growth thereafter.

“One of the main challenges in PNG is language, literacy and numeracy shortcomings of the participants,” the company said.

“Harness has designed a holistic approach to meet the training and recruitment needs of our clients.”

“This approach means we are ideally suited to meeting the needs of those who require qualified workers in PNG.”