Sir Moi wants expansion of LNG to feature local participation


Construction phase for expansion of PNG LNG Project and development of Papua LNG Project must feature greater local participation, Boera Holdings Ltd chairman Sir Moi Avei says.
Sir Moi, who is also board chairman of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd, told The National that there were very little sustainable benefits for landowners from the construction of the PNG LNG Project.
Sir Moi said the State negotiation team must ensure the national content plan must work in favour of local companies.
“We were given some businesses like labour hire, security and catering but most of the good business opportunities were given to foreign companies,” he said. “We want to make sure that foreign businesses who come in (must) agree on a joint-venture with landowners.
“This is so that after the construction phase, there is some sustainable business for ourselves.
“We want to be a partner in the construction phase.”
Sir Moi said this at the signing of an agreement between Boera Holdings, Australia Pacific Training Coalition and Edai Town Development Ltd.
The agreement ensures APTC trains the local workforce of Edai Town Development Ltd.
They will be trained to Australian standard.
Sir Moi said this type of training would qualify the local workforce to participate in economic opportunities in development of Edai Town Estate, PNG LNG expansion and Papua LNG.
“This event is very significant for us,” he said.
“The PNG LNG construction phase came and went. What is the evidence for Boera people?”