FEDERATION CALLS ON THE MINING AND PETROLEUM INDUSTRY TO END THEIR DECEPTIVE CONDUCT

PRESS RELEASE – 24TH SEPTEMBER 2018 FEDERATION CALLS ON THE MINING AND PETROLEUM INDUSTRY TO END THEIR DECEPTIVE CONDUCT The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea is pleased to note that the leaders of the Country are finally realizing that they have in the past been deceived into giving up their mineral and petroleum …

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FREE CARRIED EQUITY

PRESS STATEMENT- 26TH JULY 2018 THE CONVERSION OF CAPITAL ASSETS TO LIABILITIES CALLED “FREE CARRIED INTERESTS” IN MINERAL AND PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Papua New Guinea is indeed the land of the unexpected; where things that do not happen elsewhere in the world, happen here ordinarily, to the amazement of visitors from …

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Porgera Landowners Association Annual General Meeting Outcome

PRESS STATEMENT – 18TH JULY 2018 Porgera Landowners Association Annual General Meeting Outcome After a National Court ruling on 9th June 2018, found that “there was undisputed evidence that the term of office of the Executive Committee of the Porgera Landowners Association have long expired”, the members of the Association called for an Annual General …

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CALL TO REVIEW THE UNJUST, PRIMITIVE AND SELF-HARMING LAWS OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

PRESS RELEASE – MAY 22ND, 2018 The PNG Chamber of Mining and Petroleum made statements last week claiming that the PNG mining laws are uncompetitive, in view of the government’s recent amendment to the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) Act of 2005 and the proposed amendment to the Mining Act 1992. Their statements are untrue and …

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Is Mr. Botten Right to Blame the Government of Papua New Guinea for the lack of Royalty Payments to Papua New Guinean LNG Project Landowners? The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea is yet to establish, if Mr. Peter Botten of Oil Search Limited, is right in blaming the government for the lack of payment of royalties to the landowners of the LNG project in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Botten last week, was said to have blamed the government of Papua New Guinea for not paying landowners their royalty entitlements, although the licensee or the developers have paid the State the royalty entitlements of the landowners, as required by law. The Federation understands that the reason the government is unable to pay the royalties to the landowners, is because the government does not know who the landowners are and how much land each of the landowner groups contribute to the LNG project. The Federation is, however, aware that Section 47 of the Oil & Gas Act of 1998, requires the licensee to undertake a landownership study to identify the landowners of the license area. The Licensee or licensees are those companies that are the developers of the LNG project, and not the government of Papua New Guinea. The Federation calls on Mr. Botten to further confirm or deny that the Licensee had carried out the landownership study as required by the Act and if so, who those landowners are. If the licensee has not carried out such a study, then it is reasonable for any reasonable person to assume therefore, that the licensee is in breach of section 47 of the Act and all consequential laws following thereon from section 47 to section 53 of the Act, which require the attendance of the development forums and signing of any agreements by the appointed representatives of the respective landowners

PRESS RELEASE – 15TH MAY, 2018 The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea is yet to establish, if Mr. Peter Botten of Oil Search Limited, is right in blaming the government for the lack of payment of royalties to the landowners of the LNG project in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Botten last week, was …

Is Mr. Botten Right to Blame the Government of Papua New Guinea for the lack of Royalty Payments to Papua New Guinean LNG Project Landowners? The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea is yet to establish, if Mr. Peter Botten of Oil Search Limited, is right in blaming the government for the lack of payment of royalties to the landowners of the LNG project in Papua New Guinea. Mr. Botten last week, was said to have blamed the government of Papua New Guinea for not paying landowners their royalty entitlements, although the licensee or the developers have paid the State the royalty entitlements of the landowners, as required by law. The Federation understands that the reason the government is unable to pay the royalties to the landowners, is because the government does not know who the landowners are and how much land each of the landowner groups contribute to the LNG project. The Federation is, however, aware that Section 47 of the Oil & Gas Act of 1998, requires the licensee to undertake a landownership study to identify the landowners of the license area. The Licensee or licensees are those companies that are the developers of the LNG project, and not the government of Papua New Guinea. The Federation calls on Mr. Botten to further confirm or deny that the Licensee had carried out the landownership study as required by the Act and if so, who those landowners are. If the licensee has not carried out such a study, then it is reasonable for any reasonable person to assume therefore, that the licensee is in breach of section 47 of the Act and all consequential laws following thereon from section 47 to section 53 of the Act, which require the attendance of the development forums and signing of any agreements by the appointed representatives of the respective landownersRead More »

Public Notice

10th May 2018 The Resource Owners Federation of PNG Inc is now online with its news, press releases and statements about challenges and opportunities surrounding Mining, Petroleum, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishery and others in this country. We invite viewers to provide your comments on the publications and submit issues if you have any by visiting Federation …

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Resource Owners Federation of PNG Inc Welcomes Positive Message By PNG Prime Minister and MRDC Managing Director

  Press Release – 10th April, 2018. The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea welcomes the acknowledgement last week, by the Managing Director of MRDC, Mr. Augustine Mano and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, that the landowners and citizens of this country have not and are not receiving any significant benefit other than the inadequate …

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