14 Mar 2013

Call for PNG landowners to settle Hela dispute with government

3:26 pm on 14 March 2013

The developer of Papua New Guinea's Liquified Natural Gas project is calling on landowners who stalled work at a site in Hela province to resolve their issues with the government.

Esso Highlands Limited says a small group of people has stopped a portion of work on the onshore pipeline in the Awatangi area of Hela Province earlier this week.

The company says it understand the landowners' issue is related to the distribution of business development grants and it has requested the group work with the government to resolve the matter and allow the project activities to continue.

The Post Courier newspaper reports that the landowners claim the government owes them about 19 US million dollars for seed capital grants, township grants and law and order restoration funds.