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Doreen: Mechanical Technician

Doreen from Koroba in Hela Province decided to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry as a result of her admiration for her late father who was a petroleum engineer. 

Whilst studying a Bachelor of Mineral Processing Engineering at the University of Technology Papua New Guinea, Doreen applied to be part of the first intake of Operations and Maintenance Trainees for the PNG LNG Project.

Doreen knew PNG LNG was going to be a pivotal project for her country and decided that she wanted to be a part of it.   

In 2010 Doreen began her traineeship, undertaking basic skills training in Port Moresby before completing 12-months of advanced skills training in Canada – an experience Doreen thoroughly enjoyed. 

Following the completion of her traineeship Doreen was assigned a Mechanical Technician role at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP). Doreen and her fellow technicians are responsible for mechanical work at HGCP, on the wellpads, at Komo airfield or any location along the pipeline – the variety of work and location is an aspect of her job that Doreen relishes.

Doreen found working a 28-day rotation to be challenging at first but now enjoys the freedom that comes with her four weeks off and the quality time it allows her to spend with family and friends.  

Back in her home province of Hela, Doreen has seen a lot of change since EMPNG started working in the area, mostly in relation to healthcare, education and roads.  

“PNG LNG has generated work for many people across my province. This solid, reliable income has helped to transform the lives of many local families.”

Doreen describes EMPNG as a great company to work for, with a strong record for safety and a workforce comprising many different nationalities.

“I love being able to work with different departments and learning from my more experienced colleagues.  

“Sharing knowledge and learning from one another is part of the culture at PNG LNG and is encouraged across the whole organisation – I know it’s not something that you find in every workplace, so I feel very lucky.”

Doreen is firmly focused on her goal of receiving her full competency as a mechanical technician.