ANDREW ALPHONSE; Post Courier
IT is evident that the much anticipated multi-billion kina PNG LNG project would not be able to deliver benefits as expected, to the landowners in the Hela and Southern Highlands provinces. This is according to outspoken Komo Margarima MP Francis Potape. Mr Potape said this when visiting the project sites and the electorate during the recent 37th PNG Independence Anniversary weekend.
Mr Potape’s electorate hosts a bulk of the upstream segment of hydro-carbon projects in the LNG project with sites such as Moran central, northwest Moran, Angore, Hides PDL 1, Hides PDL 7, Juha, and facility areas like Benaria LNG pipeline routes, Komo LNG airport, Hides LNG conditioning plant, and Yuni LNG Technical College, among others.
Mr Potape said before the PNG LNG project was pursued by the State and developer ExxonMobil, there were many promises of improved infrastructures like better sealed roads, development of townships at Margarima, Komo, and so forth.
He said people and landowners expected the LNG project to bring with it better basic infrastructure and benefits like the rehabilitation of the Highlands Highway from Lae to Lake Kopiago. He said with the engineering, constructions and procurement (ECP) stages of the LNG project now nearing completion and the first LNG export likely to be shipped in 2014, frustration is building amongst landowners.