Spanish energy firm Repsol, in its capacity as operator of the Stanley joint venture, has engaged Kramer Ausenco to undertake a power generation feasibility study using gas from local petroleum development licence 10 in Western Province.
It announced that the study will identify significant existing, emerging and potential future power purchasers in the province, and their associated energy demand profiles and timelines.
The firm said deliverables will include technology selection basis, estimates of capital costs, an associated development schedule, review of applicable legislative environmental permits, and approvals for execution.
In addition to the ongoing efforts to aggregate gas to commercialise several discovered fields in the Western Province, the study will support the work, helping the Stanley joint venture partners identify further opportunities to provide gas to domestic industrial users and local communities.
PNG has recently been very proactive in regional and international forums to tackle climate change. In a conference chaired by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill during the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders in Hawaii in early September, climate change was the number one agenda item. Consistent with this, substituting imported diesel with Western Province’s considerable natural gas resources can help PNG tackle its climate change initiatives.
Repsol, a Spanish integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Madrid, holds 10 exploration licences in PNG-nine in Western Province and one offshore in the Gulf of Papua through the acquisition of Talisman Energy.
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