The National, Wednesday, June 8th 2011
By ELIAS LARI
THE landowners of the Petroleum Development Licence 5 and 6 (PDL 5 and 6) of Moro now have a new umbrella company that will be involved in taking part in any business activities in the multi-billion kina PNG LNG project in the Southern Highlands.
The Moran Inanaga umbrella company represents the people of Baguale, Yalanda and Homa Pawa, of Moran, Southern Highlands.
The company bought a new vehicle last Friday to take part in any contracts awarded by the developers of the project, ExxonMobil and Oil Search.
This is the first of 19 vehicles the company will buy to prepare for the spin-off benefits in the project.
Director John Kila said in Mt Hagen the company was formed to take part in any business activities like road maintenance, supplying food to kitchens or doing building maintenance.
Kila said any other sub-contracts that were awarded to the landowners “will be managed by the umbrella company so that people from the PDL 5 and 6 benefit”.
He said they would buy more vehicles this month to take back to Moro and would start to arrange contracts with the PNG LNG project.
He said the company would help to work alongside the developers.
He said that people must not wait on the government to do something for them.
“They have to do something before any other benefits can come their way,” he said.
He said landowners of PDL 5 and 6 had put their trust and respect in the company to help them benefit.
He said they were now organised to start securing contracts in the projects.
Kila said the company would create job opportunities.
He said ExxonMobil and Oil Search must know “that the landowners of PDL 5 and 6 of Moro are now prepared to secure contracts so they can have a share in wealth distribution”.