12 Feb 2010

PNG Police bring violent incidents near LNG project under control

9:07 am on 12 February 2010

The police commander in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands says violent incidents over recent days around the massive LNG project have been brought under control.

The 16 billion US dollar project will see a pipeline carrying liquid natural gas from an ExxonMobil site in Southern Highlands to Port Moresby from 2014.

However Exxonmobil this week temporarily suspended construction in several areas in Southern Highlands in response to continuing violence.

This comes after police clashed with hundreds of armed villagers attacking vehicles near a proposed site for the LNG project.

Commander Jimmy Onopia says an ongoing fight amongst local warriors also held up the key road to ExxonMobil's proposed Kobalu base.

"And that has actually restricted movements of people into the project area and therefore we got it under control. Police are in the area, guiding the movement, allowing the access to the road by the developers."

Jimmy Onopia.