On Sunday 16 June, Clough and Oil Search Limited (OSL) celebrated the successful completion of the Kutubu Access Road (KAR) by organising a day full of activities in recognition of the project team and the local community.
The celebration took place on the Fogomau school grounds in Hegeso and the local community and landowner company (lanco) representatives were invited to join in the entertainment. The celebration started with a prayer from Pastor George Hare, followed by six games of touch rugby, a traditional mumu barbecue, with cake for the children, and finished with certificates and award presentations.
The day itself marked an important milestone for Clough and the Oil Search Earthquake Response project team (EQ), following 15 months of working with Oil Search repairing, roads, bridges, camps and infrastructure damaged by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the Southern Highlands, Hela, Gulf and parts of Western Province in February 2018.
Clough has been working together with OSL, local lanco companies and the local community to rebuild the roads and bridges which link the Kutubu region with the Highlands highway; this major access road provides a crucial logistics route for supplies and access for OSL as well as the rest of the communities along the Kutubu access road.
During speeches, leaders from all representative parties agreed one of the major successes of the project was bringing everyone together to work towards achieving a common goal.
Managing and coordinating a workforce made up of over 95 per cent national labour, the EQ Project team has completed many major and high-risk repair scopes in the Kutubu region over the past 476 days and remains LTI and injury free. This is in line with Clough’s zero harm policy and is another major achievement to be celebrated.
Clough has over 35 years’ experience in PNG and its success is built on developing its local workforce and working together as a team with the client, the community and landowner companies.
Ronnie Prosser, Clough Senior Project Manager for the EQ Project said: “Repairing the roads and bridges along the KAR was the most challenging and most rewarding scope the Clough team has completed so far. Roads and bridges bring people together, it brings community together and the milestone could not have been achieved without a team effort from OSL, the local landowner companies and the support of the communities along the road. It’s only because we all worked together that we were able to successfully and safely complete this project”.
Clough is a pioneering engineering and construction company established in 1919 in Perth, Western Australia. Clough delivers challenging projects for the energy, mining and infrastructure industries underpinned by a dedication to problem solving and getting the job done safely and efficiently. Today, Clough manages a global workforce of almost 2000 people from operating centres across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Asia, Africa, UK, and North America that continuously strive for the best results for their clients, setting new safety and performance benchmarks every single day. Clough is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murray & Roberts.