Philippe Blanchard

Total considers earthquake in plans

Blanchard said the company is expected to complete by September its Geo-physical and geo-technical reports of its potential LNG Facility in PRL 15.

He said this reports have taken into consideration the physical structure of the area and the potential for earthquake following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake last month.

Total is currently carrying out negotiations on two options for Papua LNG.

​ Total working on impurity to gas

Speaking at the Petroleum ad Energy Summit in Port Moresby recently, Total PNG CEO, Philippe Blanchard, said this was one of the major challenges they currently faced.

Blanchard said he was depending on the joint venture partnerships of the Papua LNG Project to address the issue.

Total to focuses on gas power by 2020

The venture will see the company provide gas power and renewable energy during the lifespan of the Papua LNG project which is anticipated to begin construction next year.

Total PNG CEO, Philippe Blanchard, said during the Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby that the company has been preparing for this with the establishment of the company’s ‘gas power and renewables’ arm.

“The ambition of the company through that fourth branch is to be able to within 20 years have 20 per cent of its business coming from gas power and renewables.

Total confident in delivering Papua LNG

Managing Director Philippe Blanchard said they (Total) had made a commitment that their schedule is on time and they will make a final investment decision in 2018 and production around 2022 and 2023.

He said they are committed and will deliver the project.

Meanwhile, Minister for Petroleum and Energy, Nixon Philip Duban said the Government is standing firm with Total E&P PNG to ensure it meets its target in developing and delivering the Papua LNG project in the Gulf province as scheduled.