PAPUA New Guinea’s State-owned oil and gas company Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) has welcomed back two of its Postgraduate students after the completion of their Master’s Degree programme in Spain.

The graduates, Elliona Maso and Zechariah Yakap, both graduated with their Master’s Degrees in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production from Centro Superior de Formacion Repsol (CSFR) in Madrid, Spain.

Kumul Petroleum managing director Wapu Sonk, said the company said the students underwent an intensive seven months Master’s Degree programme in Spain through a partnership arrangement with Spanish oil and gas giant Repsol, a significant operator in PNG.

Mr Sonk said training through partnership with internationally renowned oil and gas companies like Repsol adds value to KPHL, the industry itself and Papua New Guinea as far as skills set and industry tailored training matters.

He acknowledged Repsol for fully paying the training cost for the two graduates and extend his gratitude to the company.

“Let me also thanks Repsol  E&P Executive Director Luis Cabra for extending the opportunity to KPHL which subsequently benefited our graduates. We are very thankful for such partnership we have and KPHL is very committed to enhance the partnership going forward,” he added.

The two graduates said they were happy to be back at KPHL and PNG and vowed to give their best to add value to the company and the industry.

“Training aboard was a dream come true for me,” Mr. Yakap said. “We were taught about almost all different aspects of Oil and Gas exploration and production. Here at Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited, I will work as a Petroleum Engineer and I look forward to use the knowledge and skills attained to further the good work of the company in my capacity as an engineer,” he added.

Colleague graduate Ms. Maso said the Master’s programme sponsored by Repsol was one of the most exhilarating experience she had ever had.

“The programme ran for seven months and engaged employees across the globe in countries where Repsol has operations. If anything, Repsol is truly resilient given that in this current low market oil and gas price environment, it still has the capacity to train young professionals from both its Repsol offices and other participating National Oil Companies including us from Kumul Petroleum Holdings,” she remarked.