By ANGELINE KARIUS
LAW and order has been restored in the three PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project sites, Police Commissioner Gari Baki said yesterday.
The three sites are Gobe in Southern Highlands and Gulf’s Kopi and Kikori regions.
Baki said confidence had been instilled in the three project areas and currently there were 200 police personnel altogether providing security in the areas.
“Security operations in those areas had been limited due to logistics in terms of air support and we are currently working with Helifix to help us with helicopters to and from the project sites,” he said.
He also confirmed that the National Executive Council (NEC) had released the K10 million last Friday, adding that most of it would cover protective equipment and mobility of his officers.
This follows the growing landowner opposition over employment opportunities, working conditions and outstanding land pay issues threatening the construction phase by developer ExxonMobil and its construction contractor Clough Curtain Brothers Joint Venture (CCJV).