TWM Group is making high-quality drinking water using nothing but sunlight and air
by PNG Business News - November 21, 2021
Papua New Guinea is known for its beautiful surroundings, rich wildlife, and cultures and communities as diverse as the more than 800 native languages spoken in the country. But despite abundant natural resources and recent economic development, nearly 40 percent of the country’s 8.5 million people still have no access to human beings’ most fundamental need: clean, safe drinking water.
It’s an issue that impacts the health of Papua New Guinea’s people, and their prosperity.
Most of the country’s rural population drinks from unsafe sources such as surface water and piped or well water that is exposed to contaminants. In remote communities cut off from the rest of the country and with little to no infrastructure, finding clean, safe water to drink can be a daily struggle, with women and girls often walking over harsh and rugged terrain to collect water for their families. Many businesses and families alike are forced to buy water from distributors, usually in single-use plastic bottles and always at a premium price.
One of those businesses is TWM Group, a Papua New Guinea-owned business with operations around the country, including in remote locations.
With over 130 experienced, full-time staff in metropolitan and remote locations across the region, TWM Group delivers world-class waste and environmental services for PNG- based industries, including the petroleum, mining, industrial and commercial sector. Since its inception in 2011, the company has prioritised innovation, safety, service excellence, sustainability and social good.
“Sustainability is the heart of our business, but with minimal safe and reliable sources of drinking water in the area, we were reliant on buying plastic bottled water and transporting it to our remote worksites, at great expense to our business and the environment,” said Kori Chan, TWM Group’s Managing Director. “It’s a problem we worked on for years.”
The solution, Chan says, has come in the form of new, game-changing water harvesting technology.
Developed by SOURCE, Global, PBC, SOURCE® Hydropanels use only the power of the sun to produce premium drinking water on site and from the surrounding atmosphere.
Powered by solar energy, the Hydropanel draws pure water vapor out of the sky and onto a patented hygroscopic material that’s incredibly efficient at attracting and absorbing H2O molecules. The system converts these molecules into liquid water, which is collected in a reservoir inside the panel and mineralized with magnesium & calcium, creating high-quality, great-tasting drinking water that’s delivered directly to homes, businesses, community distribution centers and bottling operations.
By tapping into the renewable water in the atmosphere, SOURCE creates fresh drinking water where it’s consumed, driving down the costs and carbon emissions that come with bottling and transportation. Over its lifetime, a single panel can offset up to 54,750 single-use plastic bottles, with water than rivals premium brands at a small fraction of the cost.
The technology works entirely off the grid, with no additional infrastructure needed, and can produce water even in the most remote locations and the driest places on earth.
TWM group has installed SOURCE® Hydropanels at its remote worksite in Roku, where conditions are arid and drinking water is scarce. The installation replaces the plastic bottled water the company relied on for years and is expected to cut drinking water costs by 25 percent.
The installation is the first phase of a larger TWM Group drinking water initiative. The company plans extend the project to the nearby Roku village, where more than 2,500 indigenous villagers live, and to roll out SOURCE® Hydropanels to its clients, many of whom also operate in remote, water-scarce locations and are looking for cost-effective, environmentally friendly solutions.
As part of its well-established community development program, TWM will also bring SOURCE technology to vulnerable, water-stressed areas across the country.
Papua New Guinea has made strides in safe water access, but is still one of 129 countries not on track to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 6: By 2030, Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All. For Chan and TWM, that’s not acceptable.
“We believe businesses must lead the way to increasing our progress toward SDG 6, but with such widespread, complex water challenges, we need sustainable, distributed, and highly cost-effective technologies,” Chan said. “SOURCE fulfills those demands and helps us meet our sustainability goals and drivers. It is user friendly and easily deployed, provides healthy cost savings and can literally create drinking water where none exists.”
TWM Group’s purpose is to create a better reality for the people, environment, and culture of Papua New Guinea. The installation of SOURCE® Hydropanels is a representation of that purpose in action, and the two companies share a deep commitment to create a positive impact on the world.
SOURCE Global’s mission is to perfect drinking water for every person, every place and, by producing water locally and where it’s needed most, the company is creating resilience, well-being, economic security for the communities it serves.
“We applaud TWM Group for their innovative spirit and focus on using new and innovative technology to solve the challenges global businesses, at-risk communities, and the planet face,” said Rob Bartrop, chief revenue officer, SOURCE Global. “Their work is a clear and effective example of Thinking Globally, acting locally and we are proud to be one of their partners.”
PNG Business News - March 15, 2022
TWM PNG Limited - A NATIONALLY PNG-OWNED BUSINESS IS GRANTED THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ENVIRONMENT PERMIT THAT CAN BE ISSUED UNDER THE PNG ENVIRONMENT ACT 2000
Photo Left to Right: Rob Batterham (TWM Group Special Projects & Environment Manager), Michael Chan (TWM Group CEO), Michael Wau (Director – CEPA Non-Renewable Resource Division, Environment Protection Wing); Fabian Taimbari (Acting Manager – CEPA Oil and Gas Branch) and Steve Nicholls (CEPA Technical Advisor). TWM Group, a local SME business in the waste and environmental services sector operating in PNG, was recently presented with a Level 3 Environment Permit (EPL-485) by the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA). This is the first of its kind to be issued to a Waste Management company in PNG and of this scale. L3 environment permits are applied where the greatest level of environment and social protection are necessary – generally granted to the large corporates within the Oil, Gas and Mining industries. TWM’s environment permit has more than 127 conditions, reflective of the highest levels of scrutiny to be applied by CEPA, as the Regulator on Environment Protection. Established in 2011, TWM Group has been operating under a Level 2 (L2) Environment Permit administered by CEPA. The company has grown its core business in Waste Management and is now delivering other integrated technical services including Industrial Services, Environmental Advisory Services, Renewables and Skilled manpower services (Training and placements) all of which have contributed toward the development of TWM’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) in Central Province. With a greater range of services, TWM Group acknowledged the further responsibilities to both the environment and community, therefore a L3 Environment Permit was essential to meet these corporate obligations. The L3 Environment Permit defines a suite of control measures intended to ensure potential for environment harm is avoided and/or minimized. It prescribes many commitments that TWM must meet for monitoring and measurement of environment aspects (i.e., air, water, noise, dust) and it stipulates a stringent record-keeping reporting requirement to CEPA. “The L3 Environment Permit recently granted to our business will allow us to construct and safely operate our Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF) to world-class standards. This is the first of its kind in PNG and for the Pacific island’s region”, said Kori Chan, Managing Director of the TWM Group. “This environment permit is reflective of the evolving legislation and increasing regulatory oversight and indicative of the increasing social expectation for companies to operate in a manner that is socially, environmentally and ethically responsible and aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).” The Permit issuance is the culmination of a year’s worth of environment and social studies to develop the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment; significant financial investments in understanding the existing conditions, establishing facilities and controls to safeguard the environment beyond the projected 25+ years of operation; TWM Group’s activities passing the highest level of scrutiny by eminent social and environmental specialists from industry, government and educations sectors; and extensive public, government and community stakeholder engagements and consultation. “I see the issuance of the Level 3 Environment Permit to TWM as an enabler to other development partners in PNG; they now have an in-country waste services facility that has the necessary statutory approvals for challenging waste streams”, said Michael Wau, Director of CEPA (Non-Renewable Resource Division - Environment Protection Wing). “TWM Group has raised the bar as the first in the growing waste industry in PNG, and CEPA is equally proud in partnering in the journey”, Wau said. The L3 Environmental Permit will allow TWM Group to undertake construction of the IWMF at Roku (a first and only such facility in PNG and the Pacific islands region) and conduct industrial wastewater treatment, quarrying and rock extraction; operate a full engineered landfill, design world-class standards capable of receiving municipal, construction and demolition and hazardous wastes; waste incineration including industrial and biomedical wastes; bulk waste storage, reprocessing, fixation and treatment including hazardous solids and liquids and material recovery and recycling (including glass, oil, organics, metals, paper and cardboard, putrescible materials and plastics). The grant of the L3 Environment Permit places TWM Group among the Mining and Oil and Gas majors that hold such permits in PNG.
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Papua LNG project to Minimise Economic Challenges
Photo: Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua has recently stated that the Papua LNG project is critical in addressing some of the economic challenges that are currently faced in the country. He said about K75 billion will be generated over a 15 year period when the project is in progress. He added that the initial stages of the project has commenced with K500 million said to be inputted into PNGs foreign exchange capacity in 2023. During a press conference on Thursday the 9th of March, The Petroleum minister highlighted the progressive stages of the Papua LNG project and emphasized the importance and significance of the benefits that the project will provide. According to studies the project life is expected to operate over a 15 year period that will generate about K75 billion and significantly boost Papua New Guinea's struggling economy. "The K75 billion benefit is inclusive of what comes to the state directly as levies, to Kumul Petroleum, to the landowners as royalties and the provincial governments. All of us put together are going to be collecting and sharing that benefit in the next 15 to 20 years", Kua said. Minister Kua said that studies for the Papua LNG project began in 2004 following the discovery by Interoil, the resource estimate is in the range of 6 trillion cubic feet of gas and 98 to 100 million barrels of condensive oil. The benefit of this project is immense and a positive component is the national content which is expected to positively impact GDP, export earnings, forex, revenue to impacted levels of government, landowner benefits and Job opportunities. Minister Kua said the project developer Total Energies will inject K500 million into the PNG economy in 2023. "The Papua LNG project is a project of national significance for Papua New Guinea and will stimulate business confidence and will provide a significant impetus for our economy", "The Marape-Rosso government places high priority on the delivery of the Papua LNG project, we have an improved deal for our people, and improved contribution for our national contractors and workforce. The government strongly supports the Papua LNG project and encourages all stakeholders including project partners to work diligently to deliver the project on time and on budget", Minister Kua said. Petroleum Secretary David Manau was also present at the conference, he highlighted that the petroleum department will work closely with impacted provincial governments and landowners as this is important in ensuring that all stakeholder grievances are discussed and addressed. In light of this, a development forum is expected in the third quarter of this year. Meanwhile, Kua also revealed a unique aspect of the upcoming project which will mitigate the project's carbon footprint and is set to make PNG in becoming the first country in the Asia Pacific region and only the second on the world to re-inject carbon dioxide back into the well pad in a LNG project. He said the re-inspection of carbon dioxide into the well pad is a significant step towards reducing the project's carbon footprint and will help mitigate the environmental impact of the project and contribute to Papua New Guinea's efforts to combat climate change. The Papua LNG project is a joint venture between the PNG government, TotalEnergies and Exxon Mobil. It is one of the largest investments in the country's history and is expected to generate significant revenue for PNG's economy. Total Energies holds 40.1 percent interest in Papua LNG, along with its joint venture partners Exxon Mobil (37.1 percent) and Santos(22.8 percent). The Papua New Guinea government may exercise a back-in right of up to 22.5 percent interest at the Final Investment Decision (FDI) planned by end of 2023 to early 2024 and production will be scheduled for four years later.
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WanPNG: The Skills Development and Jobs Platform for the People of Papua New Guinea
Wan PNG is a platform and community dedicated to expanding opportunities for local Papua New Guineans. Its goal is to increase the development and sustainable employment of local PNG talent, so everyone in our great nation can share in newfound resources and growing prosperity. With the goal of empowering individuals and businesses with the skills and people they need to succeed in the 21st century world, the Wan PNG platform spans three core areas for job seekers: Employment opportunities: Gain experience with internships, start earning with entry positions, or upgrade your career with the next big job. Career advice: Advance your career with expert advice and professional resources, and stay up-to-date on the latest news. Education and training: Expand your employment prospects by upgrading your knowledge, skills, and competencies through courses. For employers it provides: Free access to upload jobs and find the best talent. Smart matching between jobs and candidates. Diversity promoting candidate suggestions reaching a wide pool of talent. The platform's primary objective is to promote lifelong learning and employment and simultaneously bridge the skills gap in Papua New Guinea by providing accessible training opportunities to all its citizens. WanPNG believes that by investing in the development of its people, Papua New Guinea can unlock its full potential and become a more prosperous nation. WanPNG is now available for job seekers and employers. Visit the website now at www.wanpng.com to learn more.
PNG Business News - March 27, 2023
St John Ambulance First Aid Training for Workplace
The St John ambulance service responded to over 21,000 emergencies across Papua New Guinea in 2022. In addition to being Papua New Guinea’s main emergency ambulance service, St John is the nation’s leading first aid training provider equipping thousands of workers with essential first aid skills and knowledge. With just one day of training, St John’s expert first aid trainers can equip your workers with the basic skills to handle all kinds of first aid emergencies. Workplace accidents and injuries are a common occurrence and it is essential for employers to have a competent workforce that can respond effectively to emergencies. St John’s workplace first aid courses ensure your workforce is equipped with the first aid training to assist a sick or injured person. It also helps organizations comply with legal requirements, reduce workplace injuries and fatalities and promote a culture of safety and preparedness. The Papua New Guinea St John Ambulance provides training routinely in Port Moresby and Lae, and can facilitate training at any location in PNG, which makes it easy for workers to gain or maintain their first aid qualifications. St John’s first aid trainers come from a variety of backgrounds, enabling them to contribute real-life experiences to the training environment. Each course, based on St John Ambulance Australia’s training resources, goesthrough rigorous appraisal by training and health specialists including St John’s Papua New Guinea’s medical expert advisory panel - made up of some of the industry’s leading physicians and health professionals, who ultimately endorse the clinical training content components of the first aid courses. St John CEO Matt Cannon said, “this rigorous appraisal process gives clients the confidence of St John’s commitment to delivering the highest quality in training content and delivery in Papua New Guinea.” Workplace first aid courses cover a broad range of topics, including basic life support, wound care, bandaging, splinting, CPR and using an AED. Participants learn how to identify and manage different medical emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes, burns, fractures, and poisoning. Each training program is designed to be flexible and can be delivered on-site or at one of our training centres. If you want to ensure that your workplace is prepared to respond to emergencies, contact St John today to learn more about our workplace first aid training.