By SHIRLEY MAULUDU
TOTAL E&P PNG Limited says it has submitted the Papua LNG environment inception report to the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (Cepa).
The company said the submission of the report on October 24 was the first step in the process of obtaining an environment permit for the Papua LNG project associated with the Petroleum Retention License (PRL) 15.
The report provides a general description of the proposed project, articulated knowledge of existing environmental and social conditions in the project area (Gulf and Central), identified and informed scope of environmental impact statement studies made to address the project’s potential impacts.
The disclosure of the environment inception report and the consultation was organised through a roadshow being held in Port Moresby yesterday and today.
The roadshow is to gauge views of Government agencies, civil society organisations and local institutions.
Total E&P PNG Limited managing director Philippe Blanchard said the roadshow would continue in Gulf, focusing on the project area of influence, and the provincial capital Kerema.
“Today (yesterday) and tomorrow (today) is the consultation here in Port Moresby,” he said.
“But what we are doing here, we will be doing it as well within the communities, potentially in a different way to pass messages way lighter than this one, but trying to mention there will be a positive and negative and they have to take it into account.
“And if we say no to something and yes to something else, it is because we are considering both their interest and ours at the same time.
“Total E&P PNG Limited is committed to open communication and disclosure of this information which has been organised in a way that promotes active dialogue and stakeholder participation.”
By SHIRLEY MAULUDU