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PNG Petroleum minister rejects ‘guinea pig’ operations
1:37 pm GMT+12, 26/07/2011, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea government will not accept petroleum companies which have no proven records to operate in the country.

Petroleum and Energy Minister Francis Potape said, after the ministerial review forum held at the Institute of Public Administration last Friday, he would also ban companies wanting to use technology not internationally-proven and accepted.

“PNG is not a guinea pig where technology can be tested,” he said.

“We will not allow technology that has not been accepted and that has not been internationally practised and approved.

“Any companies that want to develop petroleum projects in the country must also use and apply technology that is proven and satisfied internationally because PNG government will not entertain companies testing new technologies here.”

He said if companies such as InterOil wanted to test a floating LNG facility, then they should go elsewhere because such technology had never been practised anywhere in the world.

Potape, who has a masters degree in engineering, said such technology would not be tested in PNG.

He said the proposed Antelope LNG project was questionable as they did not have a proven track record in the petroleum industry.

However, he said if the company wanted to operate a gas project, they should look for other partners with experience in the industry with a record of operating world-class projects.

“If InterOil wants to develop the Antelope project, it has to look for a world class partner to operate so that it can develop both the upstream and midstream facilities here in the country,” he said.

“This also applies to new and interested companies that want to develop petroleum projects in the country.”

Potape said he had spoken to the directors of InterOil in Singapore last week and informed them of the government’s expectations.

Meanwhile, acting Prime Minister Sam Abal said more than 100 impact projects will be implemented by the end of the year.

He said many government sectors had not performed and all public servants needed to start implementing projects.

Abal said another review would be carried out in October for the second quarter of the implementation year.

“The government should know by then how far the sectors and the departments had gone in implementing plans and programmes in achieving the go¬vernment’s medium-term deve¬lopment strategy and Vision 2050.”

The acting prime minister said with the election in mid-2012, he expected to see all government machinery rolling out programmes this year.

He said there were reasons why some of them had failed.

Abal said ministers and the bureaucrats should indicate to the people that they were delivering services.

He said bureaucrats should show that they could implement the programmes and they should not be distracted by the general election.


SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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