24 Apr 2009

PNG Hides landowners expect benefits from PNG-LNG Project

10:28 am on 24 April 2009

Papua New Guinea's Hides landowners are expecting the Benefits Sharing Agreement, which was scheduled to start today in Kokopo, to be tough as they talk about their benefits from the PNG LNG Project.

The Post Courier newspaper reports they are also looking for a favourable benefits package from the State for reaping their gas resources.

Chairman of the Hiwa Tuguba Hides Association Tuguyawini, Libe Parindali is brushing aside comments by Koroba/Kopiago MP John Kekeno who called on all stakeholders to be "considerate and discuss" the Benefits Sharing Agreement.

Mr Parindali said views expressed by Mr Kekeno who is also Parliamentary Committee chairman on Oil and Gas on increase in equity, were his own personal views and did not represent the views of all landowners who were preparing to go to Kokopo and meet with all stakeholders.

He says the Hides landowners have been supporting the PNG LNG Project since day one and they would continue to support it so that it commences as scheduled and first gas flows by 2012 or 2013.