Obviously someone has forgotten to tell Ben Micah that PNG has committed to move to 100% renewable energy by 2030 in its National Climate Plan under the Paris Agreement. Maybe he has also forgotten about the poor Carteret Islanders, the worlds first climate refugees…
Malum Nalu | The National aka The Loggers Times | July 8, 2016
PETROLEUM and Energy Minister Ben Micah says the country has immense potential for coal, although the idea may not be popular with conservationists.
He said there was evidence of coal deposits in Gulf, Southern Highlands and Western.
“The most significant find, of which I had seen myself, is the discovery of black coal from the western part of Gulf province to the foothills of Southern Highlands, and all the way to Western,” Micah said.
“We believe more work will be able to determine the actual size of the coal and how we can develop it.
“As you know, coal is a four-letter word now in the environmental language, so we will need to decide in line with our commitment to the environment as to how we will develop this resource.
“But it is there, discovered, and is one of those resources that we will need to look at in terms of its energy potential and also export-revenue potential.” Coal is one of the unconventional hydrocarbons the Government is looking at to allow for shale gas exploration and production.