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Stalled government-landowner negotiations mean further attacks against commercial assets likely in central PNG

11 July 2018


On 4 July 2018, landowners in Angore, Hela Province, reportedly set a new deadline of 18 July for the resolution of their dispute with the government over unpaid royalties from the PNG Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) project.

Landowners threatened to forcibly close the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and Komo Airport if a resolution was not been achieved. Several attacks targeted commercial assets in Hela Province over the course of June 2018 – landowners set fire to construction equipment and camp sites, and blocked the main road to the oil-wellheads in Angore. The dispute is further complicated by the recent political violence in neighbouring Southern Highlands Province (SHP), during which protestors burnt several buildings and an aircraft at the provincial airport.

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