Papua LNG Project Submits its Petroleum License Applications

By: PNG Business News June 10, 2023

Photo: L-R: Santos Senior Government Affairs Advisor Raymond Yauieb, ExxonMobil SSHE Manager for the Papua LNG Project Fadi Ayache, Secretary for the Department of Petroleum and Energy David Manau, TEP PNG Managing Director Jean-Marc Noiray, Gas Projects Coordinating Office Director Peter Koim and TEP PNG Business Renewables & Carbon Neutrality Director Sang Ratnam

Marking yet another milestone for the Papua LNG project, six (6) of the required petroleum license applications licenses were submitted to the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) on May 30th, 2023.

DPE Secretary Mr David Manau while addressing the key stakeholders present at the submission, stated that his department will continue the review and evaluation of each submission and as the Front End Engineering and Design phase progresses, they will work to complete the process.

Minister for Petroleum and Energy Hon. Kerenga Kua applauded TEP PNG for filing the application for a Petroleum Development License (PDL) in a timely manner which will now take the department several months to review.

TotalEnergies EP PNG (TEP PNG) Managing Director Jean-Marc Noiray noted that this positive step marked the continued streaming-up of the Project.

“Sticking to the highest principles of quality and compliance, are absolute requirements for this world class project to succeed,” he said.

He thanked Secretary Manau and the DPE team for their steady support to the progress of the whole project, including the very efficient way in which the LOBID (Landowner Beneficiary Identification) process was recently concluded for the upstream part of the Project area.

He acknowledged the support of joint venture partners ExxonMobil and Santos for their constructive involvement in the submission of the license applications. 

Having submitted the Environment Impact Report to fellow regulator, the Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) in 2020, a draft National Content Plan is the next essential piece of work, to be submitted imminently to DPE.

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