Oil Search and Digicel bids: is Papua New Guinea entering mergers and acquisitions season?

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has been in negotiations to buy Digicel, Papua New Guinea's largest telco. Meanwhile, gas company Santos has been pursuing PNG's largest company, Oil Search. Why is PNG seeing such mergers and acquisitions activity, and are more likely?
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Twinza Oil and Papua New Guinea Government conclude negotiations on Pasca A gas project

The Papua New Guinea Government and Twinza Oil have concluded negotiations on terms for Pasca A, PNG's first offshore gas project. While the terms are subject to approval by PNG's National Executive Council, a signed gas agreement is expected as soon as the end of this month.
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Geopacific Resources’ ‘phenomenal’ Woodlark project to produce gold within 18 months

Australian miner Geopacific Resources has secured funding to develop the gold mine on Papua New Guinea’s Woodlark Island in Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay Province. Business Advantage PNG spoke exclusively to Chairman Ian Clyne and CEO Tim Richards about their expectations for the project.
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