Western Province to back Western Pipeline

The Western Provincial Government is looking forward to partnering Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) to progressing the proposed western Pipeline.

Deputy Governor, Abini Gesele, told Loop PNG that he has spoken to KPHL and wants to see cooperation between all stakeholders to make the project a reality and for the people to benefit.

The proposed third train Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project was announced by KPHL Managing Director, Wapu Sonk, in Sydney, Australia, last month.

The Western Pipeline aims to aggregate all the gas fields in the Western Province into a single pipeline that will run all the way to Port Moresby.

The gas fields include P’yang, Stanley, Ketu, Elevala, Ubuntu, Puk Puk, Douglas and Kemu.

The preposition is expected to have the potential to underpin all manner of gas commercialization.

Sonk said the scattered gas fields have been considered as ‘stranded gas’ for decades, because they were either too small or too far out of the way to justify the investment. But collectively it could be a major supply of gas and condensate.

Gesele said beneficiaries from the pipeline areas to the plant site must work together so achieve the maximum benefits for the people.

KPHL believes that the proposed ‘Western Pipeline’ will have its first gas channeled through by 2022 or 2023.




Cedric Patjole