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Minister Says Pasca Talks In Progress

by PNG Business News - March 23, 2021

Twinza's Pasca is the topic of negotiations. According to Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua, a plant in the Gulf is currently underway.

Kua predicted that reaching an agreement on the country's first offshore oil project would take some time.

“(Project) still under negotiations,” he said. “Generally, it could take a few years to negotiate an agreed position. Once in a while, it takes less time. Patience is important to all sides.”

Twinza has previously stated that the talks were over the fiscal terms for the construction of the gas-condensate field in the Gulf of Papua.

“The company is committed to working collaboratively with the Government to deliver an agreement that allows the project to move forward toward development, while providing a higher state take than previous projects,” country manager Roppe Uyassi said. “Once the Pasca A gas agreement and the petroleum development license are in place, the project is well-positioned to enter the front-end engineering and design phase later this year.”

Twinza was also excited to discuss significant non-financial prospects with the SNT, such as domestic business commitment, third-party access to infrastructure, and national material.

“These matters were differentiated from land-based projects as Pasca A field is planned to be the first offshore development in PNG.”

Meanwhile, according to company records, Twinza's main asset is the offshore Pasca A liquids-rich gas field. The Pasca A field development plan had been completed, the petroleum inventory had been approved, and the program to receive full-field development licenses had been completed.

The Pasca A development will become the country's first offshore field development after all requisite government approvals are issued.

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