Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu has accepted InterOil Corporation's invitation to chair its PNG advisory board.
Accepting the invitation, Sir Rabbie said: "I am pleased to chair InterOil's PNG advisory board, and look forward to working to bring the Gulf LNG project to fruition.
"The Gulf LNG project may be the most-significant source of revenue to the PNG Government over the next 30 years.
"It will bring jobs and infrastructure to one of our least-developed provinces and generate benefits to all the people of Papua New Guinea for many years."
Welcoming Sir Rabbie's acceptance, InterOil's CEO Phil Mulacek said Sir Rabbie had been an inspiration and a dedicated servant to PNG for his entire career.
"We welcome him to our team and appreciate his support for our Gulf LNG project," Mulacek said.
Sir Rabbie served as PNG prime minister between 1988 and 1992. He was Speaker of the National Parliament between 1994 and 1997.
He was also Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1982 to 1984 and other senior ministries he has held include Primary Industry and Petroleum and Energy since his first election to parliament in 1982.
Most recently, Sir Rabbie served as Foreign Affairs & Immigration Minister from 2002 to 2006 and as Minister for the Treasury from 2006 to 2007. Sir Rabbie left Parliament in 2007.
Sir Rabbie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of PNG and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the same university.
The InterOil PNG advisory board is a management group being formed to assist InterOil in discussions with government departments in developing the Gulf LNG project.