Santos Donates Funds to Aid Agencies Following PNG Earthquake
Australian natural gas company Santos is donating $200,000 to aid agencies in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to help get urgently-needed food, water and medical supplies to more than 30,000 people isolated in small villages following last Monday’s earthquake.
“Santos is deeply saddened by the loss of life and personal injury suffered by communities in Papua New Guinea as a result of the recent earthquake,” Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher said in a company statement.
“This crisis is far from over for people in PNG with significant damage to homes, crops, water supplies, telecommunications and other infrastructure,” he added.
“Santos is working with our PNG LNG partners, ExxonMobil and Oil Search, on a coordinated humanitarian relief and recovery plan in consultation with our community partners, aid agencies, the PNG and Australian governments,” Gallagher continued.
Santos has been operating in PNG since the 1980s and has exploration and production interests in the Western, Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf Provinces.
The PNG gas facilities and operations in which Santos is a participant have been impacted by the earthquake and production is currently shut in.
All personnel are safe and accounted for and ExxonMobil and Oil Search, as the operators of the various joint ventures, continue to evaluate the situation and plan for production resumption, Santos confirmed.
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