PERTH, Sept 27 The Papua New Guinea government
is calling for Interoil to revise plans for its $6
billion liquefied natural gas project in the country's Gulf
province, on the grounds that the project is not what it
The Papua New Guinea government had approved an LNG project
with a production of 7.6 to 10.6 million tonnes per annum
Papua New Guinea's Minister for Petroleum and Energy,
William Duma, said in a statement dated Monday that InterOil was
"publically promoting, communicating and presenting a different
project without seeking the state's prior approval."
According to InterOil's project website, the Gulf LNG
project will have a capacity starting at 2 mtpa, expandable to 8
mtpa, as well as a floating LNG capacity of up to 2 mtpa. The
company's website says the project is expected to produce first
gas by 2014/2015.
Interoil is developing the project with Pacific LNG in a
joint venture called Liquid Niguini Gas Limited (LNGL).
"The PNG government supports, and will continue to support,
LNGL/InterOil in delivering the project contemplated in the
agreement, but not a project which deviates from the agreement,"
Duma said the developers of the Gulf LNG project are
promoting a "fragmented" project and said none of the companies
currently involved has the experience necessary to operate a
"world class" LNG project.
InterOil could not immediately be reached for comment.
(Reporting by Rebekah Kebede; Editing by Michael Urquhart)