Kua: P’nyang Ready for Negotiations
by PNG Business News - August 26, 2021
Photo Credit: Santos Ltd.
Exxonmobil PNG and the government have joined forces to ensure that the P'nyang gas project in Western Province is ready for negotiations in the coming weeks.
The project's letter of intent was signed, paving the way for it to get off the ground.
The P'nyang project has been on the table since 2019 when the State began looking into the possibility of signing a gas deal with ExxonMobil and its joint venture partners as project developers.
According to Minister of Petroleum Kerenga Kua, these negotiations were concluded in January of last year, allowing both the State and ExxonMobil to take a breather and rethink their respective strategies.
“We are grateful that Exxon is now prepared to invite us to recommence our discussions one more time.
“This time we intent on making sure that we cross the line bring all good faith and sincerity to the negotiations to enable us to reach some terms and conditions that are satisfactory to both sides so that the project can happen for all our mutual benefit,” Minister Kua said.
He explained that negotiating a project agreement is difficult since developers have their own internal standards and the state has its own expectations.
“I can only be hopeful and encourage Exxon to attempt to understand where we are coming from to help us to realise some of the revenue returns back to the country.
“This process will start very shortly.
We are hoping that around 9th or 10th of September the parties can convene in one room and try to stress out terms and conditions to potentially develop this project,” he said.
Peter Larden, managing director of ExxonMobil PNG, praised the Papua New Guinea government for taking this critical step ahead in the development of the P'nyang project.
He stated that the initiative will benefit all stakeholders directly and will encourage continuing investment and growth in the nation, as well as increasing capacity and ensuring the social and economic well-being of Papua New Guineans.
“The intent to develop the P’nyang field helps demonstrates the encouraging growth opportunities for our operations here in Papua New Guinea and together with our joint venture partners, we look forward to working closely with the government and the landowners to progress the P’nyang field development proposal and secure the license as needed to develop this resource,” Larden said. “I thank the PNG Government for its support and I look forward to progressing our discussions.”
Reference: Yafoi, Melisha. Post-Courier (23 August 2021). “Kua: P’nyang On The Table For More Talks”.
PNG Business News - June 01, 2021
Government Intends to Move on with P'nyang Gas Project
Photo credit: Santos The National Government is set to concluding all project discussions for the $US11 billion P'nyang gas project by the third quarter of 2021. This, according to Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua, will provide project partners enough time to obtain Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPA) and achieve a Final Investment Decision (FID) by 2023, when the new LNG project opportunity window to absorb a large amount of LNG from within the area is still available. According to Kua, the project's development may serve as a catalyst for the development of marginal and stranded gas resources and prospects in the Western Papua Basin, which is located in the Western and Gulf provinces. He claimed that the P'nyang deposit, when coupled with the remainder of the stranded gas in the Western Papuan Basin, could provide up to 16 TCF of gas and 200 million barrels of condensate. “Since we have a good traction on Papua LNG project with Total E&P fully committing to it, the Government will now re-appoint a new State Negotiating Team to start reengaging with ExxonMobil,” Kua said. According to him, the initial intention is to build a third LNG train alongside the two Papua LNG trains, each having a capacity and specification of 2.7 MTA of LNG production. “However, the P’nyang gas development will have a huge impact on the monetization of other smaller stranded gas fields in the Western and Gulf provinces and can be aggregated as a stand-alone, used as a backfill for the PNG LNG project together with Juha and Muruk in the Northwest fold-belt as a utilised project, or deliver alongside Papua LNG as initially planned with reference to the set re-negotiation closing date,” Kua said. “The benefits of spreading the construction period for both Papua and P’nyang projects over an 8 years’ period shall be massive for the country.” According to the Field Development Plan and the Open Book Economic Model provided by ExxonMobil, the spread will be over a decade of continuous intense industrial activity before to and after construction, with total Capital Expenditure Investment for P'nyang alone estimated at $US11 billion. “P’nyang Gas Agreement is one of my KPIs as the responsible Minister, and once the new SNT and ExxonMobil agrees on the key fiscal and non-fiscal term sheets, then the Petroleum Advisory Board will be able to convene and make the final recommendation to the Minister off Petroleum either to grant or refuse the application for the Grant of Petroleum Development Licence,” Kua said. Reference: Post-Courier (21 May 2021). “Government To Advance P’Nyang Gas Project.”
PNG Business News - September 09, 2021
‘Re-engagement on P’nyang, very positive for PNG’ - Smaré
President of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Anthony Smaré, has applauded the Marape-Basil government, Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua, ExxonMobil PNG, and their joint venture partners for agreeing to reengage in negotiations on the P’nyang project in Western Province. Mr. Smaré said “In light of the extremely challenging economic conditions in PNG, the P’nyang and Papua LNG projects, are projects that are desperately needed to be kick-started to kick-start the country’s stagnant economy creating jobs, bringing in foreign exchange and providing opportunities for PNG businesses, particularly SMEs in the impacted areas”. “I congratulate the Prime Minister, Minister Kua, the SNT and Exxon Mobil and its partners for restarting these negotiations, and strongly encourage them to secure a win-win outcome that sees the progress of the P’nyang project in the near term, and in turn helping PNG and our people.” In making the announcement of re-engaging in negotiations on P’nyang, on August 20###sup/sup###, Petroleum Minister Kerenga Kua highlighted the economic importance of these two projects alone. “The benefits of phasing the construction of both Papua and P’nyang projects over an eight-year period shall be a substantial boost to the economy and the country. “This tremendous investment would extend our gas pipeline infrastructure into the country’s Western Province and have a meaningful and lasting economic impact for Papua New Guinea and its people,” Minister Kua said. He also announced that there would be a series of workshops regarding the development of the P’nyang Gas Fields, and if these continued unhindered, an expected signing of a P’nyang Heads of Agreement could be expected by end of this month, with a Gas Agreement to follow. “While there continues to be misinformation on the true impact of resource projects in the country, the government remains fully aware that projects which remain in the pipeline, will not be able to effect much financial benefit, until they are negotiated and commissioned. “This announcement by government of re-engaging with ExxonMobil PNG and its joint venture partners on the P’nyang project, is an extremely positive step in the right direction,” Mr. Smaré said. Article Courtesy of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum
PNG Business News - September 16, 2021
Engaging the global crowd to design the electric mine of the future
Today, the Electric Mine Consortium (EMC) launched the ‘Electric Mine Simulation’ crowd challenge in partnership with the OZ Minerals Think & Act Differently ideas incubator and Unearthed. OZ Minerals, IGO, South 32, Blackstone Minerals, Evolution Mining, Barminco and Goldfields have committed to significantly reducing their carbon footprint. These seven mining companies along with a number of partner companies, have come together to form the Electric Mine Consortium, a collaborative group seeking to accelerate progress towards a fully electrified zero carbon and zero particulates mine. Electrification of mine sites is a critical step change needed for the mining industry to achieve a zero carbon future. Switching to electric and renewable energy represents a transformational shift that will change the way mines are designed. This challenge is about using simulation to understand the impacts of electrification on mine design and through this challenge the EMC is looking to find innovators that can help do this. The eight-week online challenge invites companies and individuals from around the world to propose an approach to designing an open architecture, mine design simulation platform that can initially be used to compare a fully electric underground mine with its traditional diesel powered equivalent. Brett Triffett, Transformation Technologist, from OZ Minerals explained, “there is a great opportunity to use whole-of-mine simulations that integrate all of the dependent systems so we can understand the holistic value in transitioning from diesel to electric solutions in underground mines. We would like to be able to quickly build and test different mine designs and compare things like productivity, costs, emissions and energy requirements. We think that eventually this capability could be expanded to include the entire mining value chain. We have invited the crowd to propose solutions because we are not currently aware of a platform that meets this brief. What we have learned from running previous crowd challenges is that there are often people from outside our industry who have ideas or technology that can be applied to mining. These people are often unknown to us and in many cases they are unfamiliar with our industry. By participating in a crowd challenge, innovators can access a new market and be supported in developing new products and business models.”. A selected cohort from from this challenge will join the Think & Act Differently incubator and be supported in developing a demonstration of their solution. The incubator program is a supportive environment that includes; funding, mentoring, opportunities for collaboration, capability uplift and exposure to mining data and mining operations from across the EMC members.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
Weir Minerals strengthens its partnership with international technology group, Andritz
Weir Minerals and Andritz have signed an agreement at MINExpo 2021 expanding their shared commitment and strategic cooperation to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry. The foundations of this agreement have been built on a shared understanding and vision to enable the sustainable and efficient delivery of the natural resources essential to create a better future for the world. Since 2018, Weir Minerals’ and Andritz’s partnership has seen them collaborate on joint tailings projects. This shared history as partners – a collaboration made stronger by the quality of individuals on both teams – has reinforced their abiding belief that together, both Weir Minerals and Andritz are stronger. This shared success has led both Weir Minerals and Andritz to renew their on-going commitment and announce they’ll be expanding their offer to all regions around the globe. Utilising Andritz’s proven separation and dewatering technologies, Weir Minerals has strengthened its whole-of-mine capabilities, showcasing market-leading products from extraction to comminution, mill circuit and tailings management. ‘Weir Minerals has been providing tailings solutions for decades; we have dedicated research facilities – the Weir Technical Centre in Melbourne, Australia and the Sustainable Mining Centre in Venlo, Netherlands – that are challenging conventional ways of thinking about tailings, while also developing practical, innovative and sustainable solutions that will reduce operating costs and improve safety,’ Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division President said. ‘Decreasing ore grades mean that mines are producing more tailings than ever before. One of the challenges with tailings management is that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach; each mine requires a tailored solution that carefully considers the minerals being processed, as well as the site’s climatic and geological conditions. Weir Minerals prides itself on having both the expertise and equipment that allows us to partner with miners everywhere to plan and implement tailings solutions based on their operations’ unique challenges and this agreement with Andritz enhances those capabilities,’ he said. ‘Andritz has a long history working across a range of different industries. We are very proud of the work we’ve done with Weir Minerals; together, we’re excited about continuing to provide a joint offering of sustainable and value-added tailings solutions. Both companies bring a different expertise and know-how to the partnership; we complement one another and ultimately it’s our customers who’ll benefit,’ Steve Huff, President Andritz Separation said. Tailings management forms an important element of Weir Minerals’ broader integrated solutions approach, which considers problems and challenges from all perspective and draws on a range of experts – process engineers, design engineers, product experts and materials scientists, among others – to identify potential challenges and opportunities and provide tailored solutions. ‘This latest agreement enhances our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will continue to offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters,’ Charlie Stone, Weir Minerals VP Sales and Business Development-Mill Circuit said. Weir Minerals has strengthened its tailings team to support the market and ensure that it can provide innovative solutions based on each customer’s specific requirements. The agreement provides the opportunity for potential future collaboration on technology, harnessing Andritz’s market-leading separation technology in conjunction with Weir Minerals’ minerals and tailings processing technology. Many of these products – Warman® pumps to transport fluid tailings, GEHO® pumps to handle paste, Cavex® hydrocyclones to dewater tailings and the Multiflo® range of dewatering solutions – have been integral to helping miners manage their waste for generations. Weir Minerals and Andritz have also reiterated their shared commitment to sustainability; it is an essential part of both their business and corporate strategies. Both companies have outlined ambitious plans to reduce their carbon emissions, while their approach to ESG initiatives extends to all aspects of their organisations. ‘Shareholders and stakeholders are rightfully demanding more sustainable mining practices and tailings management is an area where there’s a lot of scope for improvement. Weir Minerals wants to play a central role in changing how the industry thinks about and manages tailings. Ultimately, we believe that sustainable solutions are not only environmentally beneficial, but also reduce operating costs and minimise risk,’ David Almond, Weir Minerals Global Director, Product Management Process said. ‘Weir strives to make our customers more sustainable and efficient; it’s core to our purpose and at the heart of what we do. We believe that embedding sustainability throughout our organisation protects and creates long-term value for our stakeholders and secures the long-term future of Weir. Our approach to tailings management is an extension of our broader corporate strategy. There is scope to make long-lasting, impactful change in how the mining sector thinks about and manages tailings and Weir is proud to be one of the industry leaders,’ Jon Stanton, Weir Group Chief Executive said.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
STAKEHOLDERS VIEWS CRITICAL FOR BETTER RESOURCE GOVERNANCE: ALKAN
Head of the PNGEITI Mr Lucas Alkan last week in Wabag at the opening of the consultation. The Head of the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Mr. Lucas Alkan has issued a strong challenge to stakeholders in the extractive industries to embrace and promote the work of EITI in Papua New Guinea to derive best value from the industry. Mr. Alkan spoke of this last week in Wabag when he opened the upper highlands regional consultation on a proposed law to transition the PNGEITI into a statutory authority. “PNG EITI is a government driven initiative to promote transparency and accountability in the PNG mining and petroleum space which has been driving the PNG economy for a sustained period of time. “But there is this misconception about proceeds from mining and petroleum activities not being translated well into development on the ground and this sentiment is shared by many at both the provincial and national level. “What PNGEITI is doing is to shed light on the leakages on revenues and proceeds from the mining and petroleum activities with the ultimate aim of improving governance in the mining and petroleum sectors using international best practice standards to see the desired development outcome from this important sector. “Seven years into PNGEITI implementation in PNG, we’ve now seen the need to make the PNGEITI administrative body, the PNGEITI into a statutory body to see more improvement in the EITI reports to enhance good governance in the sector to derive the best development outcome. “We’ve covered two regions; the New Guinea Islands and Momase regions and we are now conducting consultations in Enga and Eastern Highalnds to cover the big highlands region. “I encourage the best knowledge and views from all stakeholders from the stakeholders in these consultations so that we give birth to a law that truly reflects the genuine views of all stakeholders for better development outcomes. A State Technical working group comprising the Department of Petroleum, State Solicitor, Internal Revenue Commission, Department of Personnel Management, Department of Treasury, the National Economic Fiscal Commission and Department of Finance were in the Enga capital, Wabag for a four days consultation for the Upper Highlands region” “PNGEITI has been in operations since 2014 effected by a NEC decision and now we are moving into the next step in anchoring this extractive industry reporting process into PNG’s legal and administrative system. PNGEITI published 7 reports detailing activities taking placing inn the PNG mining and petroleum space,” Mr. Alkan said. Article Courtesy of PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative