In brief: Parliament passes 10 Papua LNG Project Amendment Bills and other business stories

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Parliament passes Papua LNG Project Amendments Bills, the Minister for Petroleum announces that the P’nyang gas field project will be a standalone project, and Twinza Oil says it expects the first production of liquids from the Pasca A condensate gas field by 2022. Your weekly digest of business news.

US$10 billion Papua LNG project to go ‘full steam ahead’ in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea’s Petroleum Minister has announced that the government will honour a gas deal struck with French major Total SA for the US$10 billion Papua LNG project. The project will be the single largest foreign investment in the Pacific country since the advent of the US$19 billion PNG LNG project a decade ago.

Papua New Guinea’s growth depends on Papua LNG going ahead, says S&P

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In an exclusive interview with Business Advantage PNG, ratings analyst Rebecca Hrvatin, says PNG’s fiscal imbalances will improve—provided the Papua LNG project continues as planned.

In brief: Porgera mine to continue operations and other business stories

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Operations at Porgera mine will continue while the application for the Special Mining Lease is revised, concerns about the delay in the approval of the Ramu 2 project, and Wafi-Golpu still before court. Your weekly digest of business news.

Papua New Guinea government to ‘stand behind’ Papua LNG gas agreement

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Papua New Guinea’s Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua has announced that the National Executive Council (PNG’s cabinet) has ‘in principle’ agreed to ‘stand behind’ the gas agreement signed in April for the US$10 billion (K33.7 billion) Total-led Papua LNG project.

Review of Papua LNG project will solve ‘misunderstandings,’ says Prime Minister

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Prime Minister James Marape told the 2nd Speaker’s Investment Summit in Port Moresby last week that the government would move quickly address ‘misunderstandings’ about the US$10 billion Papua LNG project.

Conditions tough in Papua New Guinea’s construction industry but hopes are rising

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Papua New Guinea’s construction industry continues to face challenges, says Frank McQuoid, Chairman of manufacturer Steel Industries. But others say it is on the edge of a boom that will extend beyond the resource sector. David James examines both sides of the story.

Odds strongly in favour of positive investment sign off for Papua LNG project

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The Total-led Papua LNG project looks set to enter its Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase. It’s a good sign: according to the ANZ’s PNG Economic Outlook, 97 per cent of the gas projects that enter into FEED have a positive final investment decision. David James explores.

Kumul Petroleum’s ambitious plans to boost electrification in Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea’s national oil and gas company plan to  increase household electrification and encourage growth in remote locations. Its Managing Director, Wapu Sonk, has revealed the company plans to diversify and focus on more downstream activities in order to maintain revenues.

Bank of Papua New Guinea urges tougher stance on new resources projects

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The March Monetary Policy Statement from the Bank of Papua New Guinea has urged the government to rethink the way it negotiates concessions and tax exemptions with new resources projects. Taking a strong position, it points to how previous agreements have been a factor in foreign exchange shortages and adverse trends in government finances.