Local engineers need more exposure: PNGIE


LOCAL engineers need more exposure to new methods of engineering in the extractive industry, according to the PNG Institute of Engineers.
Board member Benjamin Moaitz said the past two decades had seen new methods of extraction done through open cut and underground methods.
“The new methods also include deep sea mining extraction,”Moaitz said.
“This concept of mining precious metals under the ocean floor has not yet been implemented.
“It poses a promising challenge for national engineers to be exposed to this new concept.
“Another is the bulk caving method – an extensive underground mining establishment and set up that takes place requiring in all cases, significant capital during construction but has long term benefits and renewable profits over the long term of these mines.”
Moaitz said more PNG engineers must be competent in these new mining methods through interactions with Government entities which regulated the industry.
“The current weakness facing the PNG engineering fraternity is the lack of exposure to these new challenges in design and construction,” he said.

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  • The development of petroleum projects in PNG is the biggest opportunities for PNG nationals to improve their engineering skills in facility, reservoir and process engineering in mid stream and downstream opportunities that these projects bring and lobby the government to make sure projects work are done in country so that more graduate engineers can be involved in to learn and build their professional experience.
    I encourage the PNG institute of Engineers to formulate a strategy and plan to identify these opportunities by working closely with the Engineering division of Department of Petroleum, liase with Department of labour to understand training plan that has been agree upon between the Government and each developer, lobby national politicians through appropriate dialogue to implement stringent work permit requirement tie to training and localization of engineering jobs.

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