The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing yesterday between the state and landowners in the PDL 1 and 7 areas will see a total of K35 million paid to the landowners next week Friday.
Petroleum and Energy Minister, Nixon Duban, said the payments are for the building of services in the two areas highlighted in the petition presented by the landowners.
The MOU signed will also see the removal of barricades around wellpad areas in PDL 1 and 7.
Minister Duban praised the leadership for staging a genuine and peaceful protest.
Duban said the clan vetting process will also begin today to speed up the identification of clans and to allow other payments and benefits that will be paid to landowners in the affected zones of the LNG project to be made.
The payments will be made to Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) under an account which the Komo Special Authority will manage.
The IDG funds are earmarked for 2016, with other issues raised in the petition to be addressed in due course.
Businessman and landowner Larry Andagali told the state team that the government must pay what is due and honour the MOU to stop any further shutting down of the multi-million kina project.
Andagali thanked the government for responding to grievances raised by the landowners.
Minister Duban, Mineral Resources Development Company Managing Director, Augustine Mano, Kumul Petroleum Managing Director, Wapu Sonk, and Petroleum and Energy Secretary, David Manau, will be returning next week Friday to see that the payments are processed.
Of the K35 million being paid, PDL 1 will receive K20 million, while PDL 7 K15 million.