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Kua: State Ready to Continue Talks

by PNG Business News - April 23, 2021

According to Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua, the window for talks on the Twinza's Pasca A gas project is still open.

Mr Kua was referring to Twinza Oil Limited, saying that the current terms of the arrangement are not suitable for any investor and that the firm has asked its Pasca A project team to stand down.

Although he acknowledges Twinza's reservations about the Pasca A agreement being signed, he believes it is the government's prerogative to negotiate better terms.

In a letter to Twinza in February, the Minister said that “the Prime Minister’s policy directives come amid an impasse between the State Negotiating Team (SNT) and Twniza Oil Limited (TOL) in reaching a closure on the Gas Agreement”.

“He has further instructed me to direct the SNT to re-negotiate certain fiscal terms with TOL to achieve his policy directives and conclude a Gas Agreement signing on or before the 21st February 2021.”

According to the corporation, the state has requested a 6% Production Levy in order to sign the deal, which is 4% higher than the Production Levy that was agreed to as part of the substantive terms ('Agreed Terms') for Pasca A, signed by the State Negotiating Team and confirmed by Prime Minister James Marape on September 24, 2020.

The additional levy demanded, according to Twinza, would make the Pasca A Project unfinanceable for any investor.

Mr Kua, in response, said: “Until the signing takes place, the window for negotiation is still open. As Minister for Petroleum, it is imperative for me to seek the best outcome for PNG.

“I understand that Twinza negotiations have taken several months to reach this point and the company has invested heavily in time and resources. But given the uniqueness of the project related to other existing oil and gas projects in the country it would be negligent for the State not to demand more benefits from this deal.”



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