Govt To Enter Into Talks With Wafi-Golpu To Iron Out Issues
Updated: Sep 5, 2019
Prime Minister James Marape has announced that they are now in serious discussion with Wafi Golpu and will bring to conclusion the issues with the Morobe Provincial Government as they also prepare to go into discussion with both Harmony and Newcrest.
Mr Marape told a press conference yesterday that they want this project to be their legacy as they look at other projects like the Porgera lease that has expired and others.
He said as the country is going through tough economic times, this project will help boost the country’s economy including others that they are now serious about addressing.
Mr Marape made these remarks at the joint press conference in Port Moresby announcing the government’s green light to Total to proceed full steam ahead with the implementation of the Papua Gas Project claiming additional gains negotiated for the country under the Papua LNG Gas Project.
“As a government we are finishing this one, this is signed by the O’Neill government, we allowing it to go down the gate,” he said.
“Our own government will enter, now in discussion with Wafi-Golpu and we are bringing to conclusion our issues with the Morobe provincial government.
“Those issues will be brought to conclusion and as government, whole of government we will sit in one and we will go into discussion with both Harmony and Newcrest so that is one other project that is looming in the horizon.
“…and as I said the existing laws we have in place we will not consider anymore to give concession, but where we will win, as provided for by law, we will win, and where they win they will win, we find a win, win place with the law as it is today, we also looking into Porgera lease that has expired, so those announcements will come in due course, so the nation has some big projects in the horizon, not all is looking gloom, although our economy is stressed a little bit at the moment and our treasurer is going through the numbers and hopefully tomorrow or Thursday he will announce the numbers he has seen possibility of a supplementary budget that we have been talking about all along.
“And that will come in due course but let me inform the country that all is not bad as it seems…we are working on the three or four projects that we have in the horizon and that will bring some economic activity and life into economy and hopefully going 2020 and beyond we see some tracks in the economy, and we have started with Wafi-Golpu.”
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