Landholders say more LNG protests are imminent

Delays in royalty payments are frustrating landowners

Delays in royalty payments are frustrating landowners

Jeffrey Elapa | Post Courier | February 23,2017

MORE landowner protests are imminent as the Government continues to neglect them and delay payments that they rightfully deserve.

In addition to the protest plan by the PNG LNG plant site landowners, the upstream landowners also plan to protest and shut down the PNG LNG project after continuous delay by the Government in releasing their funds.

The concern was brought to the Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban yesterday but he did not respond.

Hides PDL 7 landowners Umbrella Association chairman Chris Payabe said it is really frustrating for the Government to continue to delay all payments, including the recent payment of K35 million for the Hides landowners.

He said the K35 million is a commitment made to the landowners in order for them to open the gate to the PNG LNG condensation plant and other vital projects by the disgruntled landowners. He said through a MOA signed by the State, MRDC and Kumul Petroleum Holdings with the landowners in Hides, the payment was to be made within two weeks, but since August 18 last year the landowners are still waiting as the Government continues to play its delay tactics.

He said the court order O/S 196 is related to the payment of IDG for 2013 and not related to any other funding and the Government should not mislead the people.

“The plaintiffs to the matter Robert Mai and the respondent the Hela Provincial Government through its legal officer had cleared the payment of the K35m as it does not relate to the IDGs, or any other issues such as the Agore lands issues and payments, therefore we want our payment to be made to us instead of giving excuses.

“We also want ExxonMobil to talk to the State as they are the ones party to the project as their failure would have serious repercussions on the projects as we are ready to stop the project. ExxonMobil should not take a back stage but should negotiate with the state to have our payments settled,” he said.

Mr Payabe said they also want the K6.8 million payments from the Department of Petroleum and Energy while other important commitments are still pending.

“The state should not give us any more excuses but tell us if they are going to pay us or not. If they have money or not so we know the reason for the delay as there is no court matter stopping the payment of the K35 million and the K6.8 million payments,” he said.

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One response to “Landholders say more LNG protests are imminent

  1. LAND OWNERS BE AWARE, THE COMPANY EXXON MOBIL HAVE DONE ANOTHER DIRTY DEAL WHERE YOU DO NOT COUNT. MAKE THEM PAY THE ROYALTIES NOW ETC YOU WERE PROMISED BECAUSE THEY ARE ABOUT TO TAKE MORE OF YOUR LAND WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION. IN SOLIDARITY.
    THE Government is confident that ExxonMobil will deliver a significant impact on resource development, third party access, pipeline, liquefaction plants, plus the shipping and regasification terminal.
    Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban, pictured, said this yesterday while congratulating ExxonMobil for finally concluding the acquisition of InterOil in a K7.9 billion (US$2.5 billion) deal.
    He said the Supreme Court of Yukon’s decision would now enable ExxonMobil to create value for the shareholders of both companies and the people of Papua New Guinea by increasing its position in the liquefied natural gas business through a diverse asset base and strong dividend stream.
    “Although there may be certain issues raised on competition (currently being investigated by the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission), I am sure our Government sits in a very comfortable position to exercise its participating equity of 22.5 per cent under the Oil and Gas Act,” Duban said.
    “From experience, we are very sure that the bulk of the gas will be exported through a forward contract and we have already announced the operator of Papua LNG (French oil and gas company Total SA).
    “This will mean that before we sign any new agreement, the State will have to carefully look into the issues of domestic market obligation and local content.
    “As the Government, we will also push for the Gas Template Agreement to be properly concluded with more focus on the fiscal terms.”
    Duban noted that the upcoming inaugural Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby would be a benchmark for policy review and a comprehensive audit of Papua New Guinea’s involvement in the industry.
    “I call on the Chamber of Mining and Petroleum to work with the department to immediately start the transformation of the department to an authority as the key step,” he said.
    “As the Government, we have no issues over independent commercial transactions that are geared towards cushioning current market conditions and associated trends.
    “Acquisitions, mergers and amalgamations are normal business practices and we stand ready as the Government to work with all our investment partners.”

    http://www.thenational.com.pg/state-banks-exxonmobil/

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