PNG LNG landowners give seven days ultimatum to Government

The PNG LNG Project landowners have given the Government a seven days ultimatum to respond to their demands.

Failure to do so will result in them (landowners) shutting down the LNG plant at the Hides in Tari, Hela Province.

The landowners from the PNG LNG beneficiary groups came together in the last two days and signed a petition to government.

They presented the petition to Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion who accepted on behalf of the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill today.

The landowners demanded that their outstanding payments be paid including their 4.27% equity.

They said the lack of genuine interest by the Government to deal with the landowners’ and Provincial Governments’ benefits package is taking too long.

In a 40 page petition to the government, the landowners said they have freely given their traditional and tribal lands for the construction and long- term operation of the PNG LNG Project rent-free, but the government has been giving a deaf ear to them.

The ultimatum will end on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2016.

Freddy Mou