Cash strapped PNG govt to avoid paying LNG royalties

Minister Nixon Duban

Minister Nixon Duban knows the government doesn’t have the money to pay the royalties

The bankrupt PNG government does not have the money to pay LNG royalties and is desperate to try and keep a lid on the issue ahead of the National election in June. The truth is Duban and his Ministerial colleagues in government have stolen so much money there is none left for LNG landholders and they will get nothing! In the meantime, Duban and the PM will keep rolling out the excuses…

Landowner royalties to be paid together: Duban

Charles Yapumi | Loop PNG | February 4, 2017

All landowner royalty payments for the LNG Project will be made after issues regarding landowner identification and clan vetting processes are completed, says Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban.

The Minister said landowners from the resource areas, pipeline and plant site areas will be paid together after all landowner issues are dealt with, and no preferences will be given.

Duban said the Court of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) will be dealing with landowners’ disagreements with the department’s identification and clan vetting processes.

The minister was responding to questions from Kikori MP, Mark Maipakai, in Parliament on Friday.

Maipakai asked when his people along the LNG pipeline areas will get their royalty payments because all their landowner identification and clan vetting processes had already been completed.



Filed under Corruption, Financial returns, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Cash strapped PNG govt to avoid paying LNG royalties

  1. Pingback: Cash strapped PNG govt to avoid paying LNG royalties | Indiĝenaj Inteligenteco

  2. So every excuse under the sun NOT to pay the landowners who need to survive whilst their environment is destroyed in front of their eyes, but 2 million kina can be found supposedly by the cash strapped PNG government to give to the PNG Defence Forces to projec the LNG Project who wont PAY the landowners in Hela Province.
    Of course, don’t forget the CEO of Oil Search, Peter Botten received a pay rise of almost $US1 million in 2014 as the company’s profit surged. “The chief executive of the operator of the massive Papua New Guinea LNG project received remuneration worth $US5.7 million in 2014, up from $US4.8 million in 2013, as Oil Search achieved a 72 per cent rise in annual net profit to $US353 million.”
    But up until the present, this repulsive company who profits from the LNG Project has NOT PAID THE LAND OWNERS.

    Oil Search state clearly that:

    “Net profit for 2014 surged by 72 per cent to $US353.2 million ($454.5 million in Australian dollars), despite write-downs of almost $US130 million after tax on oil exploration and evaluation ventures in Papua New Guinea and Yemen.

    Excluding one-off items, profit surged 135 per cent to a record $US482.8 million, broadly in line with consensus. Sales more than doubled to $US1.61 billion on production that almost trebled to 19.27 million barrels of oil equivalent.”

    See Sydney Morning Herald on 24 February 2015 at

    No wonder the land owners are up in arms whilst the rest of us vomit and see the injustice.

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