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Fighting at LNG site poses threat to workers: Police

PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Plant near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Photographer: Richard Dellman via ExxonMobil Corp.

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 5, 2018

POLICE are concerned that bad blood between a group of Highlanders and locals at the liquefied natural gas site in Gulf over a sorcery-related killing is posing a threat to the company.

Provincial police commander Inspector Silva Sika said the killing at an LNG site village had led to frequent rows and fighting, making it unsafe for the workers.

The deceased was originally from Lufa in Eastern Highlands.

“Police will be deployed again to the site to settle the situation and protect others from outside (the province) working there,” Sika said.

He said relatives of the deceased had attacked the suspect’s brother at the Wabo sub-station village.

Earlier they kidnapped four locals using guns and bush knives and destroyed gardens and crops. Police had settled the matter but trouble started again. Police said they had to make arrests but after few weeks tensions rose again between the groups.

“I have done peace and agreements between the groups but it suddenly started again,” he said.

The deceased was found floating in the river near the village close to the LNG site.

At least one person out of 10 accused of sorcery has been killed and one-third were permanently injured, a joint study by three universities in three provinces revealed.

The research recorded 357 sorcery accusation cases from Enga, Bougainville and Port Moresby between January 2016 and October 2017.

There were 185 victims and at least 20 people killed, with a large number suffering permanent physical injuries. Australian National University Associate Professor Miranda Forsyth said the study was undertaken by the university, the PNG National Research Institute and Divine Word University supported by the Australian government through Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Programme.

Forsyth said of the cases identified in Enga, at least 37 per cent of the incidents resulted in killing through the use of torture, followed by seven per cent of cases in Bougainville and four per cent of cases in Port Moresby.

She said that four per cent of cases in Enga resulted in tribal fighting.

The study revealed that 63 per cent of the total in Enga resulted in major physical violence and so did 36 per cent in Bougainville and 31 per cent in Port Moresby,”

Sixty-seven per cent of the cases in Enga resulted in the burning of the accused, seven per cent in Bougainville and eight per cent in Port Moresby.

Other forms of accusation included forced imprisonment, damage of property, threats, minor physical violence and clothing removed.

The PNG government developed a comprehensive sorcery and witchcraft accusation-related violence (SARV) national action plan in 2015 to address the problem of sorcery accusation-related violence.

The Australian government is working in partnership with Papua New Guinea in all core areas through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Programmeand justice services and stability for development programmes.

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Australian company given green light to extract PNG coal

Mayur MD, Paul Mulder with Gulf Provincial Governor, Chris Havieta, signing an agreement in 2017

Radio New Zealand | 22 June 2018

An Australian company has been granted an environmental permit to extract coal in Papua New Guinea’s Gulf Province.

Mayur Resources has been given the green light to proceed with an exploration licence, owned by the company’s subsidiary in PNG, Waterford Ltd.

It’s the first time that the Conservation and Environmental Protection Authority (CEPA) has issued an environmental permit for coal bulk sampling in PNG to enable commercial grade shipments.

According to PNG Industry News, the conditions of the permit include the submission and implementation of a robust environmental management plan.

Managing director Paul Mulder said it was an exciting step in bringing PNG coal to the international market as a potential new source of energy.

The company was looking to confirm suitability of the coal for use in domestic power generation.

Mayur is also developing a proposed 50MW power station near Lae at the Western Tidal Basin in Morobe Province.

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“Government Will Not Repeat Mistake With Papua LNG”

Post Courier | May 30, 2018

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has told Parliament that the government will not repeat the same mistakes when dealing with the new Papua LNG project or any other resource project.

He said the developer of Papua LNG would have to complete social mapping and landowner identification before any project is developed.

Mr O’Neill also said the government would review the laws to make it compulsory for consultation with provincial governments and landowners.

“We may have to review the legislation around the consultation process, but in terms of the resources sectors in mining, petroleum and gas industry, I think there is quite a very good consultation process between the stakeholders, especially the landowners and the provincial governments,” he said.

“I would also want to announce that in terms of the second LNG project for Elk Antelope, I want to inform Parliament that we have also included the Governor for Gulf in the State negotiation team.”

He said this follows the precedence set by the Somare government in the first LNG project where the governors for Southern Highlands and Hela were included in the negotiation teams so they are fully engaged in every stage of the negotiation that is taking place.

“I certainly do not want to make the mistakes of the first LNG, where landowners were not properly identified now we are having a difficult process of clan vetting as all sorts of clans are popping up and it can be a cumbersome and difficult exercise,” he said.

“That’s what we are trying to avoid and we want to make sure that developers take on the responsibility as stipulated in the Oil and Gas Act and in the Mining Act.

“They must identify and do the social mapping properly so that the right benefits go to the rightful landowners and stakeholders in the projects,” he said.

Mr O’Neill was responding to questions from Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta relating to provincial government representation in the extractive industry and the level of consultation and the time which these consultations are allowed for by the provincial governments and the resource owners.

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Silly season comes early in Gulf

Australian firm taps into Gulf resources

The National aka The Loggers Times | December 11, 2017

AUSTRALIAN company Mayur Resources now has an exclusive licence to develop a resource, energy and industrial complex in Gulf.
An agreement was signed on Friday between Governor Chris Haiveta and Mayur managing director Paul Mulder in Port Moresby.
Haiveta said the agreement would use resources it had discovered in Gulf such as iron sands, zircon, ilmenite, coal and high grade silica sands for domestic use and export opportunities.
He said this would be done while leveraging favourable port areas in Gulf and the domestic market obligation for gas for a petrochemical industry.
“Our country is in an energy crisis and we continue to send foreign currency offshore and import foreign liquid fuels at a far higher cost and far higher polluting than using our own domestic energy sources,” he said.
“Other Asia-Pacific countries are using their domestic energy and industrial resources.”
PNG is importing most of our energy and nation building products even such things as cement, lime and diesel that enriches other countries rather than our own.
“Our Prime Minister has advocated cheap, reliable accessible energy while doing this in an environmentally beneficial manner that improves our current state.”
Haiveta said the time for talking about the concept was over.
“We need action. We need growth. We need employment. We need industry. We need prosperity. And we only get this by having access to cheap, reliable power,” he said.
“Gulf today has taken the next step to use its gas, iron coal and other mineral sand resources and bring us out of the dark and poverty.
“Our plans are nothing different to what Japan, Australia, New Caledonia, West Papua, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand.”
Mulder said Mayur Resources had been working for over five years to explore minerals in Gulf, Central and Western.

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Coal Mineral Explorer says, Coal has bright future in PNG

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Leanne Jorari | EMTV News | 5 December 2016

There is ongoing debate about Coal mining in PNG, its use as a source of energy, and the effects the fossil fuel’s use on the environment.

Studies have revealed that there is enough high quality coal in the Gulf Province, to run a 50-megawatt power station for 30 years,but the question begs: at what cost is coal usage?

There is an obvious absence of a local coal mining industry in the country however this may soon change. Mineral explorer, Mayur Resources, believes coal has a bright future in the country and could help to alleviate power shortages if the resource is tapped into and developed.

However, there have been polarising debates about the development of this particular fossil fuel, especially concerning environmental implications.

Industry expert, Peter McCabe, weighed in on the topic; stating that if it is mined well and in an environmentally friendly way, an area can be mined and later, the land can be restored.

However the burning of coal has been found to emit harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide and sulfur [sic] dioxide and strong regulation is vital. The move may also contravene PNG’s pact as a signee to international Climate Change mitigation agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

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PNG Cabinet yet to receive coal power plant bid

coal fired power

Rosalyn Albaniel | Post Courier | November 29, 2016

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says cabinet has not received any proposal on the coal-fired power plants that Australian-based company, Mayur Resources, is proposing to establish to remedy the country’s power deficiencies.

Mr O’Neill was responding to questions on the proposal by Australian company Mayur Resources to build three coal-fired power stations in the country. Furthering its implications is the climate change initiatives PNG has signed up to.

Mayur Resources is proposing to build three of what it says are multi-fuel facilities with clean coal technology and not standard coal-fired power plants.

The first has been earmarked for Lae city and which will supply 50 megawatts of electricity at a cost between K300 million and K400 million using coal that would be mined and shipped from Gulf Province.

The other two power stations will be built in Madang and Port Moresby.

Mr O’Neill said it was early days still to jump to any conclusion as to whether this was going to be an issue that would be bad for the country.

However, Mr O’Neill said advice would be sought from appropriate experts including from Conservation and Environment Protection Authority before any conclusive decision was reached on this project.

“It is quite obvious that coal generated energy is much cheaper than even hydro, gas and everything else and that is why countries like Australia and all the other big countries like Japan and India are using coal today as we speak.

“We must have an open mind but yes we are signatories to the climate change outcomes including COP21 and we will have to comply with them.

“We have already accepted that through Parliament and we have no choice but to work within that framework,” Mr O’Neill said.

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PNG ready to blow any hopes of a climate friendly future on dirty coal?

Miner enthuses over high quality coal in PNG

Vailala River, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

Vailala River, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

Radio New Zealand

An Australia-based miner says its drilling efforts in a 1.5 square kilometre-area in Papua New Guinea has revealed there is enough high quality coal to run a 50-megawatt power station for 30 years.

Mayur Resources has rights to explore a 120 km stretch of land in Gulf Province, close to the Purari and Vailala rivers.

Its chief executive officer Paul Mulder told Business Advantage PNG , that if his company keeps drilling as it intends to, the next five to 15 kilometres will reveal tens of millions of tonnes of coal.

He adds that the coal is some of the cleanest coal in the world, with low ash and sulphur levels.

The company is planning for the mine to be open cast, shallow at the surface, using local workers to provide the majority of the support required, he says.

Mr Mulder says a 50-megwatt power station would help fulfil the government’s stated aim of providing electricity to 70% of the country, from the current level of 11%.

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