A look back at PNG Expo 2024

The PNG Expo 2024 was held from July 3 to 4. Australian Mining looks back at some highlights of the two-day event.


Breakfast event

The expo was opened during a breakfast event sponsored by Jacon Equipment, Comet Equipment and JLE Group, all part of the Maas Group.

Adam Doyle, President of Maas Group’s Manufacturing Division, and Cherie Litwiller, Director of Education at the International Education Agency of PNG, both took to the stage to welcome attendees.


The full conference programme allowed visitors to come and go while enjoying the exhibition floor.

The conference portion of the first day, sponsored by D&T Hydraulics, brought together some of the best known names in Papua New Guinea’s resources industry.

First up was Mohinesh Prasad, Director of the Green Finance Centre (Bank of PNG), who spoke about creating a better environment through financial institutions for green and sustainable investments.

Austrade Country Manager PNG Titus Hela and Business Development Manager Kembol Kaikipae discussed Austrade’s perspective on doing business in PNG, while Austrade Manager – International Projects Sheldon Varcoe spoke about emerging ways to drive innovation in mining.

After lunch, Kramer Ausenco managing director Adam Kramer took to the stage to speak about the new joint venture. Kramer was followed by partner Concept Tanks, represented by key account manager Darcy Nielsen and chief executive officer Phil Hollywood.

The first day of the conference program was concluded by Bill Haylock, Managing Director of PX4, who spoke about creating a strong social community license by embracing innovation and collaboration for a sustainable future. Brad Higgins, General Manager Sales APAC/EMEA of Austin Engineering, spoke about the physics of charging efficiency.


There was a large turnout at the expo, with a number of big names presenting themselves over two days.

Gold sponsor Hastings Deering was also on hand, giving attendees the chance to try out the company’s technology.


The day started with Nigel Bluett, Minprovise Operations Manager, taking to the stage to open the conference programme.

Following Minprovise, Nathan Bluett (no relation), CEO of Islands Petroleum, spoke about redefining fuel security in Papua New Guinea, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of PPE and LOTO.

Cherie Litwiller, Director of Education at the International Education Agency of PNG, spoke about technical education and corporate training in Port Moresby and elsewhere in PNG from the perspective of IEA TAFE College, while Vele Rupa, General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Steamships, spoke about the sustainability of investing in the local workforce, joint ventures and community involvement.

The day was concluded by Russell Grant, CEO of Genoffgrid, who took to the stage to speak about enabling decarbonization in the Pacific: the sustainable energy transition.

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