SEI lends support after Papua New Guinea mudslide
Feb. 1, 2012, Delta, B.C. - SEI Industries began operating 24 hours a day to supply essential equipment required after the recent Papua New Guinea mudslide. The mudslide cut off a vital road into an ExxonMobil liquefied natural gas project – stranding more than 4,500 workers.
By Carey Fredericks
With only 10 days of fuel remaining but an estimated 35 days required to re-build the road, an urgent call was placed to SEI Industries to supply a B.C.-invented product that allows helicopters to transport fuel into remote locations. In use on five continents, the Fuel-Easy is a lightweight, flyable fuel container made from a special industrial fabric and designed to be slung from below a helicopter. The fuel will be used to maintain basic needs and living accommodations for the workers.
After receiving the call, SEI made the decision to ramp up its manufacturing schedule to accommodate the urgent request by employing staff around the clock. Local news media have stated that this was one of the worst landslides in Papua New Guinea, with witnesses reporting that the slide was about a kilometre long and a few hundred metres wide.