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MP determined locals will benefit from LNG project

Staff Reporter | 8:53 PM | |
KEREMA MP Richard Mendani wants landowners from the wellhead and pipeline areas to benefit from the Elk/ Antelope gas fields.
The fields are where gas will be drawn for the Gulf LNG project, the country’s second liquefied natural gas project that is expected start construction in 2017. Mendani said Gulf still needed better infrastructure for roads and other transport services.
“We can see a lot of activity going on; amount of infrastructure and social service is not reaching the people of Gulf,” he said.
“Although Gulf has oil and gas pipeline, forestry project going on, our people had been left out in the wilderness.
“I am very confident and happy this LNG project is going to get off the ground (constructed) and empower a lot of our people,” he said.
“How does the National Government and developers plan to integrate people into the project?
“Landowners in the first LNG project are still fighting over project benefits. I don’t like it repeated for this project.
 “I, as a local MP, will be working closely with the landowners, provincial and national governments and stakeholders to make sure landowners become full participants of the project.”
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill visited the Antelope 5 wellhead on Monday and said the project would bring significant benefits to the people of Gulf and PNG.