‘Encouraging’ gas find likely to boost Papua New Guinea LNG expansion as China locks in long-term contract

Analysis of test results from a potentially new LNG find at the Barikewa-3 well in the Papua New Guinea Forelands is underway but it’s too early to say how that gas will be commercialised, according to well operator, Oil Search. Meanwhile, the signing of a long-term contract for gas from PNG with China confirms demand for gas from China will continue well into the 2020s.
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LNG prices have surged but oil prices move sideways: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea’s commodity and financial markets

LNG prices have jumped sharply and the cocoa price has been volatile. Business Advantage PNG’s monthly review of Papua New Guinea commodity and financial markets.
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Papua New Guinea’s Woodlark Island gold project to get go-ahead decision by year’s end

Milne Bay’s Woodlark Gold Project is likely to get the go ahead within the next three months, after developer Geopacific Resources assesses the definitive feasibility study which will be completed in Q3 this year. Managing Director, Ron Heeks, told Business Advantage PNG, if it goes ahead, production should commence in early 2020.
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Papua New Guinea LNG production predicted to double within 10 years, reports Fitch Research

Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports will more than double over the next 10 years, as a result of the planned expansion works, according to Fitch Solutions’ Senior Country Risk Analyst, Raphael Mok. But, he tells Business Advantage PNG, the government must address landowners’ backlash against royalty payments.
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Papua New Guinea mining rates ahead of several Australian states for attractiveness

Research by the Fraser Institute shows that Papua New Guinea rates ahead of several Australian states for attractiveness for mining investment. Gavin Wendt, Founding Director of resource analyst Minelife, says statements from Kumul Mineral Holdings' Chairman Peter Graham that it will invest in upcoming projects are also a positive for foreign investors.
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Papua New Guinea’s mining sector concerned about revised Mining Act

There is growing concern in Papua New Guinea’s mining industry that changes to the Mining Act will discourage investment in the sector. The Executive Director of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Professor Albert Mellam, has said the mining sector is ‘strongly opposed’ to the revised Act.
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