18 Aug 2014

PNG PM extolls gas project benefits

2:00 pm on 18 August 2014

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says his government is committed to ensuring the country gets maximum benefits from the Liquefied Natural Gas project.

Speaking at a dinner to mark the conclusion of the construction phase of the project, and the commencement of production and exports, Peter O'Neill described it as the most successful project ever undertaken in PNG.

He says the government is committed to managing its revenue in a transparent and sustainable manner and he says the project supports his government's programmes.

"We are now able to, at the back of this project, provide free education for every child in the country. We are able to provide free basic healthcare for every citizen in this county. We are starting to improve the much-needed infrastructure such as roads, major economic highways in the country, and of course our programs are starting to reduce major crimes and making our communities much safer."

Peter O'Neill