Gas site locked down in Pa­pua New Guinea

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Pa­pua New Guinean Po­lice say the en­trance to the Hides gas con­di­tion­ing plant at the PNG LNG Pro­ject in Hela re­mained locked yes­ter­day. Pro­vin­cial po­lice com­man­der Michael Welli said work­ers were un­able to move in and out. Op­er­a­tor ExxonMo­bil said it was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. “ExxonMo­bil PNG is con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion re­gard­ing the peace­ful protest in Hela prov­ince,” spokesper­son Anne Rix said.

“We re­spect the right of in­di­vid­u­als to peace­fully protest but we also en­cour­age con­tin­ued di­a­logue between landown­ers and the Govern­ment to re­solve their out­stand­ing is­sues promptly. “We are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with the landown­ers, the Govern­ment and the wider com­mu­nity.” An Oil Search spokesman said: “We un­der­stand there is no im­pact to pro­ject op­er­a­tions at this time. But any com­ments on the PNG LNG Pro­ject are to be ob­tained from ExxonMo­bil as the op­er­a­tor of the PNG LNG pro­ject. “Op­er­a­tions at Hides are con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal.” Welli said nor­mal op­er­a­tion was con­tin­u­ing but the main gate had been locked by Hides PDL7 em­ploy­ees. “The pro­ject hasn’t shut down,” he told The Na­tional.

“It’s the gate that has been locked and they (landown­ers) are de­mand­ing an­swers from lead­ers and the Govern­ment as to when they will get their eq­ui­ties, roy­al­ties and all these things from the sale of gas. That’s why they’re frus­trated and are do­ing this.”

ExxonMo­bil PNG is con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion.

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