THE first phase of the recommencement of landowner beneficiary identification (LOBID) within PNG LNG Project impact areas has been completed, Department of Petroleum and Energy spokesperson says.

The spokesperson said that the completed areas were for the pipeline segments starting from Kikori, in Gulf, to Beneria, in Hela.

Last November, Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok announced that the LOBID exercise had recommenced.
“Moran PDL 5 (petroleum development licence) was also completed while Gobe and Kutubu are subject to disputes settlement in court,” the spokesperson said.

“Department of Petroleum is preparing for final ministerial determination for Mineral Resources Development Company) to open up bank accounts for the respective impacted clans, so the royalty and equity benefits will be paid to those completed impacted beneficiaries.
“Meanwhile, clan-vetting will resume in February for Hides PDL1 and PDL 7.

Juha PDL 9 will be conducted in Koroba for Hela landowners and in Kiunga or Soabi for Western landowners.

Angore PDL 8 will be subject to alternative dispute resolution (ADR), resuming mediation process to identify the beneficiary clans.

The success of the first phase was dependent on local and provincial leaders and logistical support provided by ExxonMobil and Oil search. The clan-vetting team experienced no issues that may cause delays to the vetting.”

Pok said that following the successful completion of the distribution of royalty benefits in the plan site area last month, DPE had focused on resumption and completion of the landowner beneficiary identification – formerly known as clan-vetting programme) in other project areas.

“This is useful consultative process which enables me to then make an official ministerial determination under Sec 169 and Sec 170 of the Oil and Gas Act (1998) and allow the benefits to be distributed to the beneficiaries,” he said.


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PLANT site landowners in the four PNG LNG project-impacted villages should use the project as a catalyst to do business, says a housing estate developer.

Edai Town Development Limited director Kym Yong said locals should focus on doing business by using their land royalties.

“The project will attract more people to the project area – those who will come to work, those who will come to buy homes and reside at the Edai town which is expected to grow to cater for more than 10,000 people once the third phase of the project is completed including the villages as well,” she said.

Yong said the PNG LNG project would end one day and the landowners should invest the royalties they were paid.

“The people need to focus on what will happen once the project life ends,” she said.

“The project is short-term. For instance, in its construction phase, the people can find employment, so as in its production phase. But once all of these end, life will still go on.”

Yong said it was important for the people to make business plans and benefit from the project in terms of setting up trade stores and resorts for example.