Papua New Guinea Minister wants strong relations with ExxonMobil

Papua New Guinea PETROLEUM Minister Kerenga Kua wants to see a strengthening of a positive relationship between the PNG Government, ExxonMobil PNG and the PNG LNG project.

Kua welcomed new ExxonMobil PNG managing director Peter Larden saying “we look forward to working with him on a wide range of economic and social programmes that continue to transform the lives of Papua New Guineans”.

PNG Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua
PNG Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua

“Natural resource projects play a vital role in the future of this country’s economy and the development of its people,” Kua said.

“The PNG LNG project remains an industry leader not just in creating revenue for the country, but in providing opportunities for Papua New Guineans to grow as technical specialists and business leaders.

“PNG citizens including 20 percent women now make up 91 percent of PNG LNG’s total workforce – a fantastic achievement. This is a testament to EMPNG’s commitment to national content.”

Larden takes over from Andrew Barry who after serving PNG LNG project for almost six years, assumed a new position as vice-president of Global LNG Marketing for ExxonMobil in Singapore.

Statement / The National / Pacific Mining Watch

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