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Press Statement from the Minister for Petroleum
Hon. Fabian Pok, Minister for Petroleum

Press Statement from the Minister for Petroleum

Resumption of Landowner Beneficiary Identification (LOBID)

(Formerly known as Clan Vetting Programme)

The purpose of this Press Statement is to provide an update on the status of LOBID and to explain the proposed programme to complete the process, commencing this week.

Following successful completion of the distribution of royalty benefits in the Plant site area last month, my Department has focussed on resumption and completion of the LOBID programme in other project areas. This is a useful consultative process, which enables me to then make an official Ministerial Determinations under Sec 169 and Sec 170 of the Oil and Gas Act and allow the benefits to be distributed to the Beneficiaries.

Any such LOBID work requires a degree of planning, coordination and funding of the activities. Based on the work done by my Department and other Government agencies, the National Executive Council (NEC), on 2nd November 2017, approved the funding, LOBID programme and the team structure to recommence the work immediately.

I will personally lead the team(s), as per the NEC Decision.

As part of the process:

  • An Advance Field Team of the officials of the Department had already been sent on Monday the 6th November and another team will be going today.
  • A full team of senior Government officials, relevant Chief Executives and the NEC- appointed Facilitator will travel to various licence areas starting from Kopi as per the programme outlined below.
  • The Team will sequentially go from one licence area to another having completed the previous one . The detailed programme for each licence area will be outlined on-site and made known before the Team arrives.

A) Update on the Status in various licences

My Department started LOBID process in 2013 till 2015. There has been substantial work done by my Department in the past in various licence areas in relation to LOBID. The current exercise builds on the past work and aims to conclude it.

There have also been court cases with respect to certain licence areas and it is imperative that we respect and comply with these legal processes before my Department can conclude the LOBID process.

The Table below outlines the current status of LOBID in each licence area and identifies the areas where LOBID will resume:

 

LOBID Update from the Past

Area

Past Work

Issues, if any

Proposed Work

LNG Plant Site

Completed

None

None

Pipeline Segments 1-7

Initial work done in all segments

No issues

Complete LOBID and Ministerial Determinations

PDL 2

No past LOBID work

Court cases pending

None

PDL 4

No past LOBID work

Court cases pending

None

PDL5/6

No past LOBID work

Issues pending

Complete LOBID and Ministerial Determinations

PDL 7

Initial LOBID work done

Issues pending

Complete LOBID and Ministerial Determinations

PDL1

Initial LOBID work done

Issues pending

Complete LOBID and Ministerial Determinations

PDL 9 (Juha)

Initial LOBID work done

Issues pending

Complete LOBID and Ministerial Determinations

PDL 8 (Angore)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Legal challenges

None

 

B) Proposed LOBID Programme

Date

Main Acitivity

Venue

Details

7th November (Tues)

Official Launch

Port Moresby

Launch with the media.

7th November (Tues)

Department of Petroleum Field Team dispatch for Awareness

Kopi/Moro/Hides

Advance Team from the Department already on-site

13-26th November

The Team commences LOBID in Pipeline segments 1-7

Kopi/Moro

2 week programme, different dates for each segment

27 - 29th November

The Team commences LOBID in PDLs 5 and 6

Moro

3 days’ programme, different dates for each PDL

1 - 17th December

LOBID commences in PDLs 1, 7 and 9

Hides and Kiunga

2 week programme, different dates for each PDL

Conclusion of LOBID and Ministerial Determinations under Sections 169 and 170 of the Oil and Gas Act

  •  Programme may change depending on circumstances
  • Any programme changes will be notified in the newspapers and directly to the project area people by the Department of Petroleum Field Team
  • The Programme may be extended if it takes longer
  • Detailed programme on each segment and PDL will be outlined by the Advance Team

We appeal to all landowners and leaders to come together and assist with the LOBID process so that the benefits distribution can commence as was done in the LNG Plant site.

We also encourage the landowners to withdraw any legal proceedings that are currently on-foot and other landowners who might be contemplating new proceedings not to do so

 

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