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Project overview 

The US$19 billion PNG LNG project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities that extend from Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Gulf provinces to Port Moresby in Central Province.

ExxonMobil PNG Limited operates PNG LNG on behalf of five co-venture partners.

Our facilities are connected by over 700 kilometres of onshore and offshore pipeline and include a gas conditioning plant in Hides and a liquefaction and storage facility near Port Moresby.

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production began in April 2014, months ahead of schedule.  Since then we have been reliably supplying LNG to four long-term major customers in the Asia region including:

  • China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)
  • Osaka Gas Company Limited
  • The Tokyo Electric Power Company Inc.
  • CPC Corporation

In 2017 our operations produced 8.3 million tonnes of LNG an increase of 20 percent from the original design specification of 6.9 million tonnes per annum (MTA).  Over the life of the project we estimate that the PNG LNG Project will produce more than 11 trillion cubic feet of LNG.

PNG LNG benefits at a glance

  • Production workforce of 2,600, 82 percent are Papua New Guinean and 22 percent are women
  • Around 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas turned into LNG every day at the LNG Plant 
  • Producing over 8 million tonnes of LNG each year
  • Over 200 Papua New Guinean Operations and Maintenance technicians being trained to run facilities - 25 percent whom are women 
  • More than K13.3 billion spent on services provided by Papua New Guinean companies since 2010. K3.5 billion which is with landowner companies
  • 200 PNG businesses and 12 landowner companies providing services to PNG LNG    
  • More than 19,000 Papua New Guinean entrepreneurs assisted by the ExxonMobil established Enterprise Centre to help develop their business
  • K850 million invested in community and infrastructure programs focused on education, health, women’s empowerment, environment and agriculture

Additional construction facts

  • Over 55,000 workers were involved in the construction of the Project, with 21,220 employed at its peak in 2012
  • More than 10,000 Papua New Guineans were trained for construction and operation roles
  • More than 2.17 million hours of training through 13,000 training programs were delivered
The PNG LNG Project