Since 2014, Ventia has delivered services to one of the largest oil and gas operators in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Located in Port Moresby and set on 17 hectares, the site consists of a head office building, a range of security, warehouse and logistic buildings, modern sporting amenities and sports playing fields including a grassed sporting oval, tennis and undercover basketball court, and other recreational areas for nearby client residents to utilise. 

This self-sufficient hub supports the client to deliver on their liquefied natural gas activities in the region and our unique range of facilities management services support their needs every step of the way.

Providing a broad range of services

We provide a range of administrative, operational and technical services to the site including: 

Administrative services: 

  • project management
  • contract administration
  • procurement
  • reception and mailroom

Operations, maintenance and support services for: 

  • electrical, power generation, security systems, telecommunications, lifts, fire systems, hydraulics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, water and wastewater treatment, general building and handyman services
  • cleaning, grounds, waste management, pest control, fencing maintenance, creek clean-up and remediation. 

Reducing environmental impact

Port Moresby receives an average rainfall of 1200mm per annum, and with the flood prone Sangara Creek running through the client’s facility, this provides unique challenges for our team.

To avoid flooding at the facility, we have implemented a system to close off the creek using heavy duty metal grills and automated sluice gates. The sluice gates have been designed to open during heavy rain to the allow the creek to flow and minimise the volume of rubbish build up.

After every rainfall, our maintenance team clear away accumulated waste and debris. During the wet season, our team collect an estimated 400m³ of waste - that’s approximately 44 shipping containers full of waste that would otherwise remain in the waterways and affect the ecosystem and downstream settlements and marine life.

Keeping the Sangara Creek clean from rubbish and debris, the team is bringing significant benefits to the local community and helping to preserve the local environmental conditions.

Creating opportunities for the community

In partnership with our client, we aim to support its established community relations programs by providing opportunities for local communities and business to join the workforce and provide specialised services.

We employ 43 PNG Nationals from surrounding local communities and we regularly invest in training and upskilling our workforce to provide them with further professional development and growth opportunities. As of December 2017, our workforce participated in more than 3,000 hours of this training.

As part of the project’s three-year training program, our cleaning and ground maintenance teams received upskilling training from Australian specialists to learn how to apply typical cleaning/grounds maintenance standards and how to use a range of new equipment. 

Our teams also received training for developing management plans, refining technical writing skills and health and safety protocols. The PNG locals who receive this training, increase their skill development and as a result, and to date, more than 90 per cent remain committed contributors to the team.

Delivering new and innovative ways of working

In 2017, we were commissioned by the client to improve the under-utilised on-site sports field. After no regular maintenance and long exposure to the harsh dry season, the field had become dusty and desolate. 

We carried out an upgrade, involving trenching and underground pipework to install a fully automatic irrigation system with 60 pop-up sprinklers that connect to a recycled grey water system. 

The field will re-open in early 2018 and Ventia will provide the ongoing maintenance services. 

The client, staff and surrounding community is looking forward to its reopening and to see their local football teams – the PNG Hunters and the Kumuls train and compete in PNG’s national rugby league competition on the renovated field. 

An especially great outcome of the recent training was how it enabled staff to take on leadership roles by sharing their new knowledge with their co-workers.

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