6 Nov 2008

Australia to help train PNG work force for LNG plant

2:47 pm on 6 November 2008

Australia has committed to training Papua New Guineans workers for the massive Exxon Mobil-led Liquefied Natural Gas project.

An estimated 10,000 jobs will be created by the 10-billion US dollar scheme, but a majority of the places will be filled by highly skilled foreign workers.

Most Papua New Guineans lack the necessary basic training needed to gain such employment, but Australia is promising more technical training in areas like welding, machining and catering.

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for International Development, Bob McMullan, met PNG's planning minister Paul Tiensten to discuss lagging develop indicators.

He says Australia will help develop much needed skills for the LNG project that would in turn bring concrete outcomes for PNG.