2 Jun 2010

Esso Highlands issues progress report on PNG gas project activities

8:30 pm on 2 June 2010

The main shareholder in the liquified natural gas project in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea has put out a report detailing the progress it's making.

Esso Highlands, a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, also outlined how it's assisting environmental and social development in the country.

It's managing director, Peter Graham, says they are at the early stage of a four-year construction period, with activities under way in design, pre-mobilisation for the massive LNG project as well as early site works.

The report outlines the company's commitment to protect PNG's heritage through archeological surveys, excavation and preservation of artifacts.

Other schemes include support for the development of local suppliers, and the training of workers in technical and professional skills.

The company says they aim to train up to 850 graduates a year.

It will also sponsor the first PNG Women in Business Exposition.

The company says there's also been an extensive mapping process that's identified over 120,000 stakeholders while a programme is being set up to address any concerns local residents have about the project and the people involved in building it.