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Hela Landowners unite to shutdown LNG sites

Staff Reporter | 12:47 PM | |
HIDES Gas PDL1 landowners in the Komo-Margarima district, Hela Province have joined their Hides PDL 7 landowners to shut down all PNG LNG project sites including the Hides to Porgera power plant in demand of outstanding landowner benefits.

The landowners are now calling on the Prime Minister to intervene to complete all clan vetting process and also to allow what is outstanding is delivered to them.

They said that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, MRDC managing director Augustine Mano, Kumul Petroleum Holdings managing director Wapu Sonk and Petroleum and Energy Secretary David Manau should meet with the landowners in Hides with the IDG breakup list and bank cheques for 2016 amounting to K115 million held in Treasury.

However the Petroleum and Energy Minister Nixon Duban said in a media conference yesterday that a state team led by the acting Secretary for Department of Petroleum and Energy David Manau will leave for Hides today for negotiations while he will lead a ministerial team there tomorrow.

However, the landowners led by Hides Chris Payabe, Hegebe Hajuya, Willie Ajule, Eric Hawai, Andy Hamaga, John Koloma, Libe Paridali, Larry Andagali Lemson Mapiria, Thomas Tandape, Eric Gembe maintained that there will be no longer negotiation and compromise with any State team.

The landowners said that the Mineral Resource Development Corporation should be in the province to open their bank accounts forms for the 177 beneficiary clans PDL 7 and continue into PDL9 and PDL1 benefits from their 2 per cent free carry equity.