Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ExxonMobil: LNG plant will stay shut

Polye leads fact-finding mission to Hides PDL7




EXXONMOBIL Corp, operator of the multi-billion-kina PNG liquefied natural gas project, said the Hides 4 LNG conditioning plant site will remain shut, The National reports.

ExxonMobil’s subsidiary Esso Highlands Ltd public affairs manager Miles Shaw yesterday said “as a result of this illegal action, we are instituting a shutdown at the Hides gas conditioning plant site”.

Shaw said during the shutdown, the company would “discuss the necessity of a safe and secure operating environment with the government and local leaders and the requirement to use established processes in place to manage any dispute”.

“Any use of violence is unacceptable,” he added.

Miles also confirmed that a group of people illegally entered the project camp at Hides 4 petroleum development licence (PDL) 7 last Friday evening and allegedly attacked four workers who sustained minor injuries.

In related events, members of a mobile police unit stationed at Hides 4 last Saturday allegedly beat a man in relation to last Friday night’s event.

The man was said to have died from his injuries, causing more fear among workers that relatives would retaliate.

A government ministerial delegation was expected to fly into the area today.



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