Total backs use of social mapping in LNG project


By Lemach Lavari
SOCIAL mapping is a key component of the Papua LNG project as it will ensure the identification of landowners and assist the government in dealing with project-impacted people, according to Total managing director Philippe Blanchard.
He said the social mapping process was underway and would continue into 2018.
Part of that process included road shows in the project-affected communities to educate the people about the significance of the Papua LNG project.
Blanchard addressed the 2017 PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference and Trade Fair at The Stanley Hotel and Suites in Port Moresby yesterday.
He said assistance in medical supplies to Gulf and education initiatives in partnership with Digicel Foundation were part of the overall social mapping process.
Total is the lead operator of the Papua LNG project (40 per cent) with ExxonMobil holding 37 per cent and Oil Search Limited 23 per cent.
An environmental impact study was also being carried out to assess the possible effects of the project on the environment and the people.
There are also ongoing discussions with the Lands Department to make land available for the different facilities on site.
The equipment for the facilities will be transported up the Purari River to the site.
The three-day conference ends tomorrow.