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Clough Curtain already working on Esso upstream projects

By Patrick Talu PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, March. 2, 2011) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), engineering and procurement contractor Clough Curtain Joint Venture (CCJV) has been awarded a further 550 million- kina [US$215 million] contract in the 50 billion- kina [US$20 billion] Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project

[PIR editor’s note: Clough Curtain Joint Venture is a construction company headquartered in Perth, Australia.]

CCJV told The National it had been awarded 520 million- kina [US$204 million] job contract by project operator Esso Highlands Ltd, the subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp.

CCJV said the work order was associated with the PNG LNG upstream infrastructure contract.

In May 2009, the first set of funding for the upstream infrastructure jobs worth 1.6 billion- kina [US$626 million] was released.

The latest contract was an additional award to Clough Curtain Joint Venture.

CCJV is working on all major PNG LNG’s upstream early work.

These projects included the Hides 4 gas conditioning plant sites, Komo international and Tari international airport construction and other project sites mostly in Southern Highlands like the Gobe production facility, Kaiam ferry and concurrent works in Gulf along the LNG pipeline corridors.

The PNG LNG project is an integrated development that includes gas production and processing facilities, onshore and offshore pipelines and liquefaction facilities.

Participating interests are affiliates of ExxonMobil including Esso Highlands Ltd as operator (33.2 percent), Oil Search Ltd (29 percent), PNG government through Kroton #2 (16.6 percent, Santos Ltd, 13.5 percent), Nippon Oil Exploration (4.7 percent), Mineral Resources Development Co (PNG landowners, 2.8 percent) and Petromin PNG Holdings Ltd (0.2 percent).

Meanwhile, a 14-day stop work notice to Clough Curtain Joint Venture on the LNG conditioning plant site has been extended to March 11.

Erick Ayule, chairman of Gigira Hides 4 Joint Venture, the major umbrella company representing six blocks of companies from Hides, gave the notice last month, asking CCJV to award his company some subcontract projects.

He delivered the stop work notice dated Feb 15 to the Clough Curtain Joint Venture project manager on site.

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