ExxonMobil says PNG protest not affecting production

The multinational ExxonMobil has again rejected claims part of its LNG operation in the country has been shut down by protestors.

Landowners in Hides in Hela Province last week began a campaign demanding the government meet its commitments to pay it royalties.

According to online reports the government delegation, Minister for Petroleum and Energy Nixon Duban, Finance Minister and Prime Minister Peter O’Neil who travelled  into the province last week to address the current situation had failed to resolve the issues.

An ExxonMobil spokesperson said in a statement the landowners’ peaceful protest is continuing, but that the company was still able to operate and meet its contractual obligations.

She said while it was a matter between the landowners and the government the company was doing what it could to facilitate communication.

The ExxonMobil LNG plant, which came on stream two years ago, is the biggest industrial project ever constructed in the Pacific.
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