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An observer in Papua New Guinea's Hela province says residents are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of promised benefits from a multi-billion dollar gas project.For almost two weeks, landowners in the region where the gas fields for the lucrative Liquefied Natural Gas project are centred blocked access to the conditioning plant in Hides.
But normal operations resumed on Friday after the government agreed to honour the landowners' petition to pay for millions of dollars worth of project commitments.
Isaac Pulupe said landowners are frustrated as the government's grand promises about development for the region haven't eventuated.
"It's still the same. The town is still the same," he said.
"They have made some commitments to pave up some 80km of road - it's actually about two. All these sorts of agreements have been signed with the landowners and the government and they haven't done not even a start."
Isaac Pulupe said if last week's agreement is not met by the government, or further negotiations break down, then landowners are likely to protest again.
Radio New Zealand
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