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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Papua New Guinea’s ‘public health emergency’ a continued challenge, says Oil Search MD

Having emerged from the 'most challenging' year in its 92-year history, Oil Search Ltd is now facing an escalation of COVID-19 infections in Papua New Guinea. In spite of this, shareholders at its annual general meeting were told PNG's largest company is 'coming through the challenges well'.
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Papua New Guinea Government demands make Pasca A gas project ‘unfinanceable’, says Twinza Oil

The anticipated signing of a gas agreement for Pasca A, Papua New Guinea's first undersea gas project, has stalled at the eleventh hour. Developer Twinza Oil says it will stand down its project team due to a last-minute State request it claims would render the project 'unfinanceable'.
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