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Sites selected for Elk-Antelope LNG project

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Participants of the PRL15 joint venture and InterOil Corp. have endorsed the project infrastructure sites recommended by Total SA ­– the operator of PRL 15 – for the development of the Elk-Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea.

Papua LNG project

Caution Bay, near Port Moresby, is the selected site for Papua New Guinea's second LNG plant. This new project is based on the central processing facility for the Elk-Antelope gas field. Located near the Purari River in the Gulf Province, the facility will be connected to the LNG facility by both onshore and offshore gas and condensate pipelines. The project will be known as Papua LNG.

Papua LNG, which will be operated by Total SA and includes InterOil and Oil Search, will further refine site locations and pipeline corridors as part of project development.

Appraisal of the Elk-Antelope field is expected to be completed in early 2016.This will then allow selection of the final development concept, such as the size and capacity of facilities, to commence. Front end engineering and design will follow this, with early works scheduled to begin later in 2016.

Chief Executive of InterOil, Dr Michael Hession, said: "Sites were chosen for their technical, economic and environmental benefits and followed extensive surveys and studies by Total over the past year." He continued: "These sites represent the best locations. The central processing facility in the Gulf Province will be near the gas field with river access. The LNG facility near Port Moresby has potential for synergies with existing infrastructure and sufficient land for significant LNG train expansion."

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