EXXONMOBIL’S juggernaut US$19 billion PNG LNG Project is more than 90 per cent complete and remains on schedule for its first delivery of liquefied natural gas (LNG) during the second half of 2014.

The commissioning phase of the LNG Plant in Port Moresby is currently underway in preparation for first production of gas. The commissioning includes sending gas from the Kutubu Central Processing Facility to the new LNG Plant to provide power and enable testing and commissioning of key facilities and equipment.

ExxonMobil reports drilling at Wellpad B is complete and the drilling rig is now being mobilised to subsequent wellpads.

PNG LNG project executive Decie Autin said more than 19,000 people were currently working across the project, including more than 7,500 Papua New Guineans.

“We are making significant progress, Antonov cargo aircraft operations into Komo airfield were completed in August, and installation of equipment delivered from Komo to the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant is currently under way,” Ms Autin said.

“ExxonMobil successfully develops projects around the world under a broad range of technical, operational and financial conditions,” she said.

“The project has been able to maintain its schedule in PNG under unique and challenging circumstances. Our focus on disciplined project execution has allowed us to meet our scheduling commitments without further cost increases.”

ExxonMobil continues to assess and advance new expansion and development opportunities in PNG, the company said.