Building a large scale, 6.6m tonne per annum LNG plant in the wildest parts of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) highlands was always going to be hard. The PNG government has made matters no easier. After spending months with two feuding Prime Ministers and its very own constitutional crisis, PNG suffered an attempted coup last week as a rogue military commander stormed parliamentary offices in an attempt to reinstate Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare back into power.
The coup, supported by just a handful of soldiers, ultimately failed. But concerns have again been raised about the safety of the giant Papua New Guinea LNG project (PNG LNG), to which Oil Search has hitched its future.