Puma Energy will be a major sponsor of the 2014 PNG Games, providing welcome funds to support the nation's biggest sporting event, which is in its sixth year. The business has also launched a local graduate program in Papua New Guinea to enhance the skills of the country's growing tertiary-educated workers.
Puma Energy CEO, Pierre Eladari, said these new ventures demonstrated that the business was firmly invested in supporting Papua New Guinea's community and it looked forward to building strong partnerships in the region.
"Puma Energy has a strong history of supporting the communities in which it operates through philanthropic ventures and partnerships with local organisations," Mr Eladari said.
"We hope through our investment that the local communities in Papua New Guinea will have more opportunities to share their rich culture with the world."
Applications opened this week for Puma Energy's graduate program which will provide a two-year, hands-on training program to undergraduate or postgraduate students in engineering, sales and marketing, and operations.
The announcements comes as Puma Energy's visibility in Papua New Guinea increases with its first service station branding appearing in Port Moresby this week.
The service station, located near Jackson's International Airport, had its InterOil branding replaced with Puma Energy's iconic red and green branding and the site will reopen this week.
Peter Diezmann, General Manager for PNG Downstream said: "This is an important milestone for the business. We now have an extensive network of fuel terminals, retail service stations and aviation facilities in Papua New Guinea and we look forward to becoming a familiar brand in the region."