LEADING PNG petroleum drilling rig owner/operator High Arctic Energy Services Inc. has executed contract extensions for Rigs 103 and 104, extending the contract terms to July 31, 2017.

BARS was developed by mining resource companies and the Flight Safety Foundation to establish a common safety audit standard for suppliers of aviation services to the resource industry. It provides industry companies with the level of safety assurance they require, measured against very stringent standards. Only eight audit companies worldwide are approved to perform BARS audits.

“As PNG Air has significant operations in the resources sector for both charter and scheduled passenger services we are delighted that our work on safety programs and internal processes has been recognised,” PNG Air CEO Muralee Siva said.

Highest registration

Gold registration is BARS’ highest registration standard and recognises that the airline has maintained all required safety compliance standards over the past 2 years, since first achieving gold registration in December 2014.

BARS member companies include Newcrest Mining, Barrack Gold, Leighton, Xstrata, BHP Billiton and International SOS.