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LNG WORKERS STILL A PROBLEM

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THE PNG gas agreement was signed between the state and ExxonMobil in May 2008. At that point, it was almost certain that a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project would become a reality, at least in so far as the government was concerned.
Along the way, several other agreements were negotiated and signed, including the two benefits sharing agreements, finalisation of markets, the environmental impact study, front end engineering and design, execution planning, project financing, gas marketing and all the regulatory and permitting work including community and landowner consultation and financial closure.
Despite all that, two years on and PNG is still struggling to get sub-contractors organised for the project and is critically short on manpower.
Already, there is talk about recruiting welders from neighbouring Fiji and even heavy equipment operators from overseas.
This would indicate to us that the government was so concerned with getting the project off the ground that it neglected its …

LNG WORKERS STILL A PROBLEM

Image
OP/ED

THE PNG gas agreement was signed between the state and ExxonMobil in May 2008. At that point, it was almost certain that a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project would become a reality, at least in so far as the government was concerned.
Along the way, several other agreements were negotiated and signed, including the two benefits sharing agreements, finalisation of markets, the environmental impact study, front end engineering and design, execution planning, project financing, gas marketing and all the regulatory and permitting work including community and landowner consultation and financial closure.
Despite all that, two years on and PNG is still struggling to get sub-contractors organised for the project and is critically short on manpower.
Already, there is talk about recruiting welders from neighbouring Fiji and even heavy equipment operators from overseas.
This would indicate to us that the government was so concerned with getting the project off the ground that it neglected its …