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March 7, 2021

Gulf LNG approval is conditional: Duma

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PETROLEUM and Energy Minister William Duma used full-page ads in today’s Papua New Guineanewspapers to object to anInterOil comment thatthe government had approverd its proposed 3.8 million tonnes per annum Gulf LNG project.

Duma was concerned with a comment made byInterOil chief executive officer Phil Mulacek inthe company’s 2012 financial and operating results.

“The recent approval of our 3.8mtpa LNG project inthe Gulf Province bythe National Executive Council oPNG pavesthe way to completing our LNG partnering process, including a sell down of our interest inthe Elk and Antelope fields,” Mulacek said.

Duma stressed thatthe NEC only provided conditional approval forInterOil to develop half ofthe Elk-Antelope gas resources.

The main condition is thatthe upstream and midstream aspects are operated by an “internationally recognised operator”, which echoes Duma’s previous criticisms againstInterOil for straying fromthe existing 2009 project agreement.

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