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25 March 2014


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People - I am carrying out a Resettlement Action Plan development benchmarking in East Africa, Uganda.

I want to find out the company that developed the Resettlement Action Plan for the LNG PNG pipeline project.

Hi Joe

some critical and valid points. keep writing in this area as it is important for the country.

I concur with you entirely on the following:

"If our government, elected members of parliament, bureaucrats and contractors continue to abuse their roles by involving in corrupt practices, we will have no one else to blame for ruining our nation and its future."

On related areas, I think the LNG Project did provide opportunities for employment of nationals. Lets go further and beyond the figures being thrown around and look at the net value of employment. How many of our people were in managerial and technical positions...maybe few.

Nationals are probably shadowing or understudying foriegn skilled personnel and hopefully over time, some will take over.

The LNG Project in a way also brought to the fore the issue about shortage of technical and skilled Papua New Guineans. We just did not train and equip enough nationals.

Now PNG is also waking up from a slumber. Where previously there was not much emphasis on TVET education and SME, government policy and programs are shifting the emphasis in this area. Lets hope that real progress can be made in these areas.

ExxonMobil is and will soon decommission most of its workers: I think it is preparing them for a life after they are decommissioned.

With the increase in gun trade, landowner clashes on regular intervals and corrupted politicians, community leaders and people, the LNG is not that promising.

Risk of sabotage on the LNG assets is high from unsatisfied landowners.

Thanks Keith for clearing that point. Yes, total number of employees in this multi-billion project is around 19,000 and more than 8,000 nationals.

Thousands of PNGns will be jobless again after all construction works completed as only few people will go to the operation.

So sad

Do those figure amounts (19,000 or 8,000) relate to overall workers including foreigners or just nationals?

Peter Graham told me in 2011 that for every foreigner working in the field on this project, there is a national shadow being skilled up.

On another note, when the gas starts being pumped down the pipeline, the risk of sabotage by disgruntled landowner or other groups must surely increase. One expects the security industry may continue benefiting from this.

Good point, Johnny. Further research reveals that, at peak employment, 9,000 Papua New Guineans were working for PNG LNG, which makes Joe's 19,000 number plausible. PNGn employment has since been reduced to 5,600. As you and Leonard point out, this is highly likely to result in serious downstream issues - KJ

Wasia - Nice briefing and excellent statement on doubts on the PNG side. Everyone is concerned who will benefit when corruption is well established...

19,000 workers shall have their contracts come to an end. Where will PNG put them after all they have already acquired skills in numerous areas.

Very bad picture around a billion dollar investment.

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