29 Apr 2010

PNG attorney general laments non-participation of citizens in LNG construction

5:39 pm on 29 April 2010

Papua New Guinea's Attorney General Dr Allan Marat says that PNG will gain very little from the 14 billion US dollars expected to be spent during the construction phase of the Liquified Natural Gas project.

The newspaper, The National, reports Dr Marat as saying all major contract and sub-contract works in the project were going to foreigners and that Papua New Guineans would be mere spectators as their resource was extracted and shipped overseas.

He has laid blame particularly with past governments for failing to prepare citizens for participation in the development of its natural resources.

Construction has begun at the LNG project sites, with the six major contracts having been tendered to foreign firms, the top being the construction of LNG facilities outside Port Moresby, awarded to Chiyoda of Japan.