ALL roads will lead to Sydney in early December when the PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum hosts the 15th Papua New Guinea Mining & Petroleum Investment Conference

The key figures behind the PNG resource sector will be in attendance to provide a crucial update on the state of the country’s mining and petroleum sectors.

They will be joined by PNG’s political leaders who will provide the government’s view of the importance of the resource sector to the country’s future.

Being staged at the Sydney Hilton from December 3 to 5, the three-day conference will also provide a comprehensive technical update on current and proposed projects, new discoveries and exploration.

Highlights will include the performance and proposed expansion of the world class PNG LNG Project, progress of the planned Papua LNG project based on the major Elk-Antelope gas fields, as well as updates on the mega-sized Wafi-Golpu and Frieda River copper-gold prospects.

The conference will kick-off on Monday December 3, with an address from PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
Other keynote presentations on Day 1 will include a look at gas and other petroleum projects developments in PNG with speeches from Dr Fabian Pok, PNG’s Minister for Petroleum, Andrew Barry, managing sirector, ExxonMobil PNG, Philippe Blanchard, managing director, Total E&P PNG, Wapu Sonk, managing director, Kumul Petroleum, and

Peter Botten, managing director, Oil Search.
That will be followed by a look at the upcoming developments in the mining sector with presentations from Johnson Tuke, PNG’s Minister for Mining, Bryan Bailie, executive project director, Wafi-Golpu Joint venture, Dr Fred Hess, managing director, PanAust andAndre Wessels, ceo, Era Resources,

Day Two will include presentations from Charles Abel, PNG’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Treasury, Sam Basil, PNG’s Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy, and a look at mining withj Peter Graham managing director and CEO of OK Tedi Mining, Anthony Esplin, executive managing director, Barrick Niugini, Craig Jetson, executive general manager Cadia and Lihir, Newcrest Mining and Gao Yongxue, president, Ramu NiCo Management.

In the afternoon, petroleum and energy are the focus with talks from Huw Evans, managing director, Twinza Oil, Richard Robinson, CEO, Niu power and Carolyn Blacklock, acting managing director, PNG Power
Day Three features a range of seminars with a major focus on the junior explorers developing the next round of PNG mining and petroleum projects.