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PNG LNG completes onshore pipeline

LNG Industry,

The PNG liquefied natural gas project remains on schedule to produce first LNG in the middle of the year, following the recent completion of its 292 km onshore section of pipeline.

The pipeline will transport natural gas from the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant to the Omati River, where it connects to the project’s 407 km offshore section of pipeline and then to the LNG plant near Port Moresby.

LNG pipeline

ExxonMobil PNG Limited senior project manager, Sam Roxburgh, said completion of the onshore pipeline is an important milestone for the PNG LNG project, as preparations continue for LNG production later this year.

Roxburgh commented: “This is yet another exciting milestone for the PNG LNG Project and a great achievement for ExxonMobil PNG Limited, pipeline contractor Spiecapag, and, most importantly, for the people of Papua New Guinea. The project team has worked in challenging conditions, including remote locations, steep terrain, high rainfall, flooding and large areas of swampland, to build this pipeline.”

Community effort

The pipeline took four years and over 28 million work hours to build, with a dedicated team that included more than 5000 Papua New Guinea citizens.

“The pipeline was routed and constructed to avoid critical wildlife habitat and cultural areas such as sacred or archaeological sites. Also important were the efforts to minimise the project’s environmental footprint,” Roxburgh added.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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