8 Jun 2011

ESSO Highlands Ltd in PNG confirms work on Hides 1 and 4 resumes

10:31 am on 8 June 2011

ESSO Highlands Ltd, the operator of the PNG LNG project has confirmed that early works at Hides 1 and 4 have resumed.

However, landowner leaders of the Tuguba tribe's Council of Chiefs are mobilising to resort to force to get what they claim to be owed to them by the government.

The Post-Courier reports following no response to two petitions in May and June to the government and developers, the Chiefs have resolved to 'handle it their way' and most have already moved to their villages in the last 48 hours.

After waiting to meet government leaders to no avail, the leaders have served what they called the 'final call' to Acting Prime Minister Sam Abal and developers EHL and Oil Search.