29 May 2008

PNG opposition politician questions LNG project

10:14 am on 29 May 2008

Papua New Guinea's massive liquefied natural gas project has been called "a dangerous bulldozer deal that has not properly consulted key stakeholders."

That is the view of Opposition MP and businessman Francis Awesa.

The PNG/ LNG project is a joint venture involving major oil and gas companies including ExxonMobile, Oil Search and Santos, and a company representing landowner interests in PNG.

It is expected to take a 10 billion US dollars investment over 30 years.

Mr Awesa, who is an MP for Southern Highlands Province, says he supports the project, which will run a pipeline through his province, but claims landowners and elected officials have been left out of recent developments.

He says the deal has been concluded in secret when details need to be clearly spelt out.