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Papua LNG, Papua New Guinea 2nd Largest LNG Project Development

Delivering the country’s recent significant gas discovery becomes a challenge when it involves aligning social mapping and land owner identification work done by the developers and the authorities’ process of managing documentation and issuing approvals. It requires working hand in hand with the government, stakeholders, landowners and partners to achieving a sustainable and value creation benefit for everyone.

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Shared Developments for Papua LNG 

In Papua New Guinea, customary land ownership, where the clan owns the land, is a battle when the rules to define property rights to land use or its allocation with land owner groups are not properly defined. Over the last few years, it has substantially increased the pressure on project development in response to economic and social development and change, and currently remains a complex issue. Timely delivery of permits and licenses including land titles by State entities are critical elements to take on before the Final Investment Decision (FID).

Total E&P PNG Limited (TEP PNG) believes in a participatory and community consultative approach. Our dedicated and experienced staff are committed to working closely with the communities in our project area by listening, sharing and engaging with them to better understand the situation in order to integrate their views and aspirations so that they are adequately captured while managing this complex and sensitive issue.

In our affiliate, we encourage open discussion and dialogue with responsible State entities, and other key stakeholders to ensure a proper legal framework for development. These should assist in working amicably with a focus to achieving greater economic and social outcomes while minimising development impacts, ensuring a mutual benefit, particularly for the project area communities and its people.

Papua LNG Project is a partnership between TEP PNG who is the Project Operator (40.13%) and joint venture partners ExxonMobil PNG Limited (ExxonMobil) (37.03%) and Oil Search Limited (Oil Search) (22.84%).

Creating Valued Partnerships

About 60 contractor companies are involved in the project going forward, between logistics (choppers, aircrafts, barges, vessels, catering, security, equipment provider) drilling, services, environmental and social surveys. Most of them are on site to perform the appraisal program with drilling activities, managing the logistic base, supporting operations, and performing all environmental and social surveys.

At TEP PNG, working consistently through valuable and meaningful partnerships is our responsibility.

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