PNG LNG FACILITY SHUTDOWN AFTER EARTHQUAKE IN HIGHLANDS
The Papua New Guinea LNG facility was shut following an earthquake that struck in the country’s highlands,
ExxonMobil PNG confirmed all employees and staff are safe and accounted for following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the Highlands at approximately 3:40am on Monday 26, February.
“We have activated our emergency response plan and are working to mobilise support, as soon as it is safe to do so.
We are continuing to assess damage to our facilities in Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces. The Hides Gas Conditioning Plant has been safely shut down and our wellpads have been shut in as a precaution until full assessments can be completed. Preliminary reports from the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant indicate the administration buildings, living quarters and the mess hall have sustained damage. Flights into the Komo airfield have also been suspended until we are able to survey the runway.
The safety and security of our employees and contractors is a top priority. Due to the damage to the Hides camp quarters and continuing aftershocks, ExxonMobil PNG is putting plans in place to evacuate non-essential staff. We are also concerned about the impact the earthquake is having on our nearby communities. While telephone communications have been impacted in the region, we are working with aid agencies and our community partners to better understand damage in the local area.”
PNG LNG has a nameplate capacity of 6.9 million mt/year, which it consistently operates above. In December, the plant averaged 8.6 million mt/year, and compressor upgrades taken last year should enable it to maintain rates at or above 8.5 million mt/year, Oil Search recently said. ExxonMobil has a 33.2% operating stake in PNG LNG, along with Santos (13.5%), National Petroleum Company of PNG (16.8%), JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration Company (4.7%), and Mineral Resources Development (2.8%).” (Source: ExxonMobil)
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