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ExxonMobil PNG LNG project commences production

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

ExxonMobil Corporation has announced that the US$ 19 billion PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea has started producing LNG ahead of schedule.

Production from the first LNG train will increase over coming weeks, with the first cargo to be shipped to Asia markets before midyear. The second train is expected to start production within the next couple of weeks.

The project, which is operated by ExxonMobil affiliate ExxonMobil PNG Limited, is an integrated development that includes gas production facilities in the Southern highlands, Hela, Western, Gulf and Central provinces of the country.

Flooding, minimal pre-existing infrastructure and extremely steep slopes were among the obstacles overcome in construction the project.

Neil W. Duffin, President of ExxonMobil Development Company commented: “The PNG LNG project exemplifies ExxonMobil’s leadership in project execution, advanced technologies and marketing capabilities.”

Once completed, the project is expected to produce more than 9 trillion ft3 over an estimated 30 years of operations.

“The project is optimally located to serve growing Asia markets where LNG demand is expected to rise by approximately 165% between 2010 and 2025, to 370 million tpa”, Duffin added.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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