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Media Releases, 29 April 2015

PNG LNG marks one year since the start of production

  • PNG LNG has been safely and reliably producing gas for one year
  • Seven million hours worked without a lost time injury

Today marks one year since the PNG LNG Project, operated by ExxonMobil PNG Limited, started production of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The Project, which is Papua New Guinea’s first LNG project, has been operating safely and reliably since 29 April 2014.

To date, the Project has produced over 6 million tonnes of LNG and delivered 87 cargoes.

ExxonMobil PNG Limited Managing Director Andrew Barry said since completing the PNG LNG Project ahead of schedule and shipping the first cargo of LNG in May 2014, all facilities have been operating above expectations.

“Our first year of full production has been truly remarkable,” said Mr Barry.

“Our facilities are operating at high levels of efficiency, well above our expectations for the first 12 months of operation.

“We have continued our focus on safety, with seven million production hours worked without a lost time injury.

“Our workforce of more than 2100, with 70 percent Papua New Guinean, has proved that we can deliver a reliable source of energy to the world. Their dedication and focus on safety and operational reliability has been outstanding.”

Mr Barry recognised the support received from many people and organisations.

“None of this would have been possible without the support we have received from the government, our co-venturers, landowners, communities and suppliers, everyone working together to achieve what many said was unachievable.

“There is still plenty of work to be done, but it is important to take a moment to remember just how much has been accomplished. We are looking forward to many more decades working with the people of Papua New Guinea to deliver on a lasting legacy for this country,” said Mr Barry.

PNG LNG supplies LNG to customers in the Asia Pacific region from gas production and processing facilities in the Southern Highlands, Hela, Western, Gulf and Central provinces of Papua New Guinea. More than 700 kilometres of pipeline connect the facilities, which includes a gas conditioning plant in Hides and liquefaction and storage facilities near Port Moresby.