PNG Highlands-Port Moresby Gas Pipeline

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the Global Fossil Infrastructure Tracker, a project of Global Energy Monitor.

The PNG Highlands-Port Moresby Gas Pipeline Pipeline is an operating natural gas pipeline in Papua New Guinea.[1]


The pipeline runs from the Hides gas conditioning plant in Angore, Hela to the Papua New Guinea LNG Terminal (Exxon) in Port Moresby, National Capital District.

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Project Details

  • Operator: ExxonMobil
  • Parent Company: ExxonMobil, Oil Search, Santos[1]
  • Current Capacity: 1,000 million cubic feet per day
  • Length: 435 mi / 700 km
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 2014


Landowners and communities displaced by the pipeline and the Papua New Guinea LNG Terminal were promised benefits such as income streams and infrastructure development. Few of these promises have been fulfilled, however; for example, the township of Komo contains a newly-built hospital building that has no beds, staff, or fuel for the building's generator.[2]

As a result, leaders of area communities organised to blockade the LNG facility by shutting off gas taps at several wells in August of 2016. Security guards attempted to stop the blockade, however, the leaders were armed. They then entered the plant site, locked site gates, and demanded the government honour original project agreements. Armed unrest over the project's failure to deliver agreed-upon benefits to the local population is ongoing.[2]

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