Duma said as minister responsible for the PNG LNG project from its inception in 2007 through to end of construction phase, he was pleased to see that the world class US$19 billion project was now in position to finally export gas to overseas markets of Japan, China and Taiwan.
The project has a footprint encompassing provinces of Hela, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Central with a population of more than 600,000 people and many different ethnic groups and languages. Duma said Papua New Guineans should be proud that PNG will now join exclusive class of LNG producing countries in the world.
Duma said: “I take this opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to national leaders who co-operated and worked hard to help the PNG LNG project get off the ground, particularly former prime minister and grand chief Sir Michael Somare, former deputy prime minister and current minister for public service Sir Puka Temu, governor Anderson Agiru, minister Patrick Pruaitch, minister James Marape, Don Polye, Mark Maipakai, Arthur Somare, Paul Tiensten, Francis Potape, James Lagea, John Kekeno, Issac Joseph and landowner leaders such as Augustine Mano, Larry Andagali, Libe Parindale, Mark Sakai, John Kapi Natto, John Akipe, Stanis Talu, Edward Alina, and many others.”
“I commend the senior management of ExxonMobil, Oil Search Ltd and Santos Ltd for providing the required leadership and management during the very difficult construction period more particularly when there were costs overturns.”
Duma said he remained confident the project, which would have a life span of 50 years, would be increased when more gas reserves waiting to be discovered, are proved up within existing licenses are discovered by project partners.