23 Jun 2010

Report finds high risks in LNG pipeline's proposed submarine route

8:03 pm on 23 June 2010

A report by a Papua New Guinea geologist has identified the undersea route proposed for ExxonMobil's liquified natural gas pipeline as far too risky.

Construction on the multi-billion dollar pipeline that will carry LNG from Southern Highlands to a coastal site north of Port Moresby from 2014 has been marred by inter-village clashes over land as well as environmental and social concerns.

The managing director of Geosite Management Limited, Sigl Dorugl, says he's not against the LNG project but thinks it should be developed more responsibly.

"What I'm saying is the proposed gas pipline will be crossing an area of active tectonic zone and that constitutes what we call in geology a cross fault where two fault systems cross each other. And my concern at the moment is that when you have a project that has a projected life of 30 years anything can happen. And what happened in the Gulf of Florida, I don't want that to happen in my country."

Geosite Management Limited's Sigl Dorugl.