ExxonMobil suspends non-essential work

ExxonMobil has suspended non-essential work at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and are re-deploying personnel to other areas.

This follows tension in Hides, Angore and Komo in Hela Province over outstanding landowner issues not met by the Government.

ExxonMobil states that the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant continues to operate with essential staff on ground while the Hela situation continues to be monitored.

The safety and security of our employees, contractors and the local community is a top priority,” says a spokesperson.

“Due to recent community tension in the Highlands (Hides, Angore, Komo), ExxonMobil PNG has suspended non-essential work.

“Non-essential personnel are being re-deployed to other areas.”

Hides Hiwa Block and PDL 1 Landowner Association Chairman, Makape Katia, said in a statement that disruptions will eventually lead to closure if the Government does not address several demands.

Cedric Patjole