13,000 LNG jobs: PM

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The National,Monday June 20th, 2016

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill says the Papua LNG project will create 13,000 jobs and is being undertaken using the latest technology to ensure safety and environment standards.
He made the comment following a meeting with the Total chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors Patrick Pouyanné, in Paris, France, last week.
“Patrick Pouyanné and his team have a clear appreciation of Papua New Guinea, and will enjoy a long-lasting relationship with our country,” O’Neill said.
“Staff are already moving from France to Papua New Guinea and local workers are being employed in preparation for the construction phase of the Papua LNG project.
“The local workers not only will be in Port Moresby.
“There will also be thousands employed in Gulf province.”
O’Neill expressed his appreciation for the personal interest shown by Pouyanné in PNG during his recent visit.
“Patrick Pouyanné has taken the time on a personal vacation to travel around Papua New Guinea and has a genuine interest in our people and our culture,” O’Neill said.
The meeting with Pouyanné was also attended by Minister for Petroleum and Energy Ben Micah and Gulf Governor Havila Kavo.
“I have great confidence in the manner in which Total is approaching the Papua LNG project, and the technology that is being applied,” O’Neill said.
“Our delegation had the opportunity to visit Total’s research and development facility and we were impressed.”