Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill arrived in Japan yesterday to welcome the arrival of the first PNG LNG shipment on the Spirit of Hela.
Mr O’Neill was received by the Papua New Guinea Ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava, along with officials from the PNG Embassy.
Japan is the largest exporter of the PNG LNG.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill arrived in Japan yesterday, accompanied by a powerful delegation of ministers and members of parliament. They were received by the PNG Ambassador to Japan, Gabriel Dusava, along with officials from the PNG Embassy.
Mr O’Neill is in Tokyo to receive the arrival of the first PNG Liquefied Natural Gas shipment that was loaded onto the tanker – ‘Spirit of Hela’, and which departed for Japan on May 25, 2014.
The PNG LNG, operated by ExxonMobil, is expected to produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of gas over its estimated 30 years of operations.
The first cargo is for the largest LNG customer, Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO, in Japan.
The Prime Minister and his delegation, shortly after arrival, attended a welcome reception at the Hotel New Otani, hosted by Ambassador Dusava.
Here, Mr O’Neill officially thanked the initial customers of the PNG LNG – Tokyo Electric Power Company or TEPCO, and Osaka Gas, for their tremendous contribution and support towards the PNG LNG project.
He also thanked ExxonMobil for its efforts and firm assurance in seeing this first LNG shipment through.
The Prime Minister said with the successful delivery of this first LNG shipment to customers in Japan, it demonstrates PNG’s ability to perform effectively at the international market level.
Ambassador Dusava commended the O’Neill-Dion Government for its stewardship in providing a stable political and economic environment under, which all stakeholders were rallied to contribute to the successful construction and delivery of the PNG LNG project.
The Prime Minister affirmed PNG’s strong ties with Japan, and said his government is looking forward to further enhancing this relationship through partnerships like these.
Mr. O’Neill met with various interested investors and attended the official ceremony marking the arrival of the ‘Spirit of Hela’ at a function hosted by ExxonMobil.
Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will visit the Futtsu TEPCO Terminal, where he will board the ‘Spirit of Hela’ for inspection.
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