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Project overview 

The US$19 billion PNG LNG project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities that extend from Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Gulf provinces to Port Moresby in Central Province.

ExxonMobil PNG Limited operates PNG LNG on behalf of five co-venture partners.

Our facilities are connected by over 700 kilometres of onshore and offshore pipeline and include a gas conditioning plant in Hides and a liquefaction and storage facility near Port Moresby.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production began in April 2014, months ahead of schedule.  Since then we have been reliably supplying LNG to four long-term major customers in the Asia region including:

  • China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)
  • Osaka Gas Company Limited
  • The Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc.
  • CPC Corporation

Our operations have the capacity to produce more than 8.3 million tonnes of LNG an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (MTA).  Over the life of the project we estimate that the PNG LNG Project will produce more than 11 trillion cubic feet of LNG.

PNG LNG benefits at a glance

  • Production workforce of 3,200, 86 percent are Papua New Guinean and 19 percent are women
  • Around 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas turned into LNG every day at the LNG Plant 
  • Capcity to produce over 8 million tonnes of LNG each year
  • 200 Papua New Guinean Operations and Maintenance technicians trained to run facilities - 25 percent women 
  • More than K14.3 billion spent on services provided by Papua New Guinean companies since 2010
  • 250 PNG businesses and 16 landowner companies providing services to PNG LNG    
  • More than 19,700 Papua New Guinean entrepreneurs assisted by the ExxonMobil established Enterprise Centre to help develop their business
  • K930 million invested in community and infrastructure programs focused on education, health, women’s empowerment, environment and agriculture

Additional construction facts

  • Over 55,000 workers were involved in the construction of the Project, with 21,220 employed at its peak in 2012
  • More than 10,000 Papua New Guineans were trained for construction and operation roles
  • More than 2.17 million hours of training through 13,000 training programs were delivered
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The PNG LNG Project