Exxon halts work on PNG gas pipeline amid civil strife in highlands

Construction equipment in flames in Angore. Image courtesy of ATALA.

Reuters | 6 July 2018

Exxon Mobil Corp stopped construction on its Angore gas pipeline in Papua New Guinea’s strife-hit highlands late last month after building sites were vandalized, the company said on Friday.

“All work at the Angore wellpads and pipeline construction has been suspended and all impacted personnel are in the process of being demobilized or reassigned,” an ExxonMobil PNG spokeswoman said by email, adding it was halted late in June.

The 11-km (7-mile) pipeline is being built to connect the Angore gas field with the Hides gas conditioning plant, and the stopwork does not affect production there, she added.

Papua New Guinea’s government declared a state of emergency in the region last month and sent in troops after rioters went on a rampage protesting a failed court challenge to a provincial governor’s election.

Pictures on PNG’s EMTV Online in June showed burnt out heavy machinery and a fire burning in a shipping container at the site in Angore, which suffered “significant vandalism,” Exxon’s statement said. It gave no timeframe for the resumption of work.

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One response to “Exxon halts work on PNG gas pipeline amid civil strife in highlands

  1. Francis Uliau

    Attached are news items for your perusal and in our Mine Watch editions if you think them appropriate. You can also use these articles and illustration in any other mediums that you feel may be appropriate in addressing the issues and concerns of this group of people who have been marginalized by a corporate giant.
    Kind Regards.

    Francis D. Uliau
    Manager, Media & Community Awareness

    Lihir Mining Area Landowners Association Inc.
    LONDOLOVIT, Lihir Island
    New Ireland, Papua New Guinea

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