LNG works progressing well
By Mohammad Bashir (Post Courier, 8/12/2010)
EXXONMOBIL, the developer of the PNG LNG project told the Sydney Mining and Petroleum conference yesterday that construction activities were currently focused on improving and upgrading infrastructure, including road and bridge works, telecommunications, and constructing camps to house the construction workforce and completing site preparation work ahead of facilities construction.
Esso Highlands Ltd (EHL) Managing Director Peter Graham in his presentations said detailed engineering, execution planning and procurement activities for the facilities, pipelines and drilling were also progressing.
“Linepipe for the onshore gas line from the Gulf of Papua to the Southern Highlands is arriving at the expanded shore base at Kopi and clearing of the pipeline way has commenced. Trenching and pipe laying will commence in the first quarter of 2011,” Mr Graham said.
He said earthworks at Komo Airfield and the site of the future Hides Gas Conditioning Plant have commenced while at the LNG Plant site, an 800-person pioneer camp is complete and site preparation for the LNG Plant was already well underway.
“By early 2011, all of the major EPC contractors will have mobilised to the field.”
He said ExxonMobil has over a century of success in helping countries around the world develop their resources. EHL, the project operator is a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company.