Impacted villages look to Spiecapag

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THE impacted landowners in the PNG LNG project are eyed by French company Spiecapag to provide at least 77% of its total workforce in project sites.
Spiecapag will construct the 450km-section of the LNG pipeline starting from Omati in the lowlands up to the higher lands, according to Vincent Truong, human resource manager for Spiecapag.
This is the onshore pipeline, including affiliated infrastructure, which will connect the offshore pipeline and the LNG facility site.
Mr Truong said the engineering process was continuing since it started in January this year.
While 77% of the labour will be sought locally with lancos given the first priority to provide the labour, Mr Truong said about 250 expatriate staff would be brought in from other countries where Spiecapag operates.
Spiecapag registered in PNG as Spiecapag Niugini Ltd and is yet to establish an office in Port Moresby although Truong said the main office would be in Moro in Southern Highlands.
“Moro is the middle of the pipeline route. There will be eight main camps which will include four base camps and four mobile camps,” he said during the first day of a workshop between local businesses and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors.
According to ExxonMobil, the four main business activities that will be available to lancos during the engineering, procurement and construction period of the project will be: catering, security, labour, and camp management.