"We declare our first goal to be for every person to be dynamically involved in the process of freeing himself or herself from every form of domination or oppression so that each man or woman will have the opportunity to develop as a whole person in relationship with others".

- Papua New Guinea National Goals and Directive Principles

Thursday, 20 January 2011

ABC Asia Pacific - Work Resumes on PNG LNG

Work has resumed on the construction of a gas condensing plant in Papua New Guinea for the country's $US16 billion dollars PNG Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project following a landowner protest.

Hundreds of disgruntled landowners at the Hides gas field in the PNG Highlands forced Australian based international contractor, Clough Curtain Joint Venture to stop work on the project.

Landowners demanded more than $US2 million dollars in Business Development Grants from the Government.

The grants were promised to them under an agreement with the government and the developers.

Landowners claim the funds were paid to false companies in Port Moresby while genuinely affected landowners missed out.

Spokesman Eric Hayule says they have allowed work to resume after construction work on the gas condensing plant was shutdown after three days.

He says Hides landowners want the $US2 million dollars to be paid to individual clans and not one landowner company.

The lead developer of the PNG LNG project ExxonMobil says work has resumed.

Impacted landowners have halted early works on certain project sites in protest over the business development grants and spin off activities.

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