UK COMPANY TO OVERSEE PNG GAS PROJECT SYSTEMS

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Mott MacDonald ‘delighted’

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 17, 2010) – United Kingdom consultancy company Mott MacDonald (MMD) has been appointed by Chiyoda-JGC Joint Venture to carry out power system studies to support the development of Papua New Guina LNG [liquid natural gas] project gas fields throughout the engineering, procurement and construction phase.

The contract appointment was for the multi billion-kina project which is an integrated development that included gas production and processing facilities in PNG.

A statement posted on the company’s website recently said: "The PNG LNG project will develop gas fields in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and transfer the gas via a pipeline to a two-train LNG facility which will be constructed near the capital Port Moresby. The total combined capacity of the facility will be 6.3 million tonnes of gas per year. "There will be more than 700 kilometers of pipelines connecting the facilities," the statement said.

The company will perform a comprehensive series of power system studies on potential operational constraints as well as obsolescence of equipment, in addition to providing settings for the protection relays that will be installed on the plant once it is built.

MMD previously provided support to Chiyoda during the initial front-end engineering and design phase of the project last year.

Kathleen Clark, MMD project director, said: "We are delighted to be part of this project.

"MMD ranks among the world leaders in engineering consultancy and offers a wealth of experience in developing power projects around the globe.

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