Discussions underway to build LNG port in Gulf
August 16, 2017
Source: The National
A PORT to be used for the shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas may be built in Gulf, according to Governor Chris Haiveta.
He said in Port Moresby on Monday that the Gulf port would serve as an alternative to the Lae port which was the biggest in the country.
“We will take our cue from the Alotau Accord 2,” he said.
“We would like to develop an LNG port in the province as an alternative gateway to Lae.”
He re-emphasised the province’s position that it will not support the piping out of LNG to Caution Bay in Central for shipment.
He said they wanted benefits from the Papua LNG project to be retained in the province, given the experience of past projects including the PNG LNG project.
Haiveta estimated that outstanding benefits owed to Gulf from previous projects including royalties and other benefits to be more than K100 million.
He is yet to discuss with Total SA, the operator of the Papua LNG, the province’s position on the pipeline.
Haiveta said some documents regarding the project needed to be replaced as the files were old or damaged.
Records going back to the establishment of the first interim provincial government and the first provincial government needed to be properly organised and filed, he said.
“That’s what my officers said. So Gulf will have to rebuild our legacy and history again from zero.
“We have to come to the provincial affairs and get provincial laws and acts and start from there.”