Porgera mine happy with performance in competition


THE Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) emergency response team (ERT) is proud of its performance at this year’s Extractive Industry ER challenge in Port Moresby.
Ranking second overall behind Ok Tedi, the team earned its spot due to its level of endurance and motivation, according to team coordinator Paul Poumaka.
Poumaka said the team’s performance was gritty and nurtured by a “don’t give up attitude” and although being physically challenged by Port Moresby’s heat, their positive attitude kept them going to earn the second spot.
“Yes, our ER team did very well at this year’s challenge but we know that we couldn’t have achieved the result if we did not have PJV management backing,” he said.
“So it is from the Porgera ER team that we say thank you everyone for helping us out. Together, everyone achieves more.”
Executive managing director Anthony Esplin commended the team as he said Porgera mine takes safety seriously.
“We are proud of our association with the challenge and our continuous participation demonstrates that we strive to achieve industry best practices in safety and emergency preparedness.”
In the seven events at the challenge, the PJV team ranked first in the road accident rescue (RAR) and the theory, which was a tie with team Basamuk from Ramu NiCo.
The PJV team ranked second in multi- casualty and third in the endurance event.
The challenge which was on Sept 31 at the Sir John Guise Stadium was attended by a total of 11 teams from companies from the extractive industry.