Earthquake stops PNG operations

The Hides facility in the PNG Highlands.

The Hides facility in the PNG Highlands.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the Papua New Guinea Highlands region at 3.44am Monday, affecting gas operations in the area.

As of yet there haven’t been any aftershocks, but as a precautionary measure and to assess any damage to facilities, Oil Search is in the process of shutting down its production operations in the region.

ExxonMobil has also shut down the PNG LNG facility at the Hides gas field in the Highlands region.

“Oil Search’s primary concern is the safety of our employees and contractors,” said a statement.

“The company is presently confirming that all personnel have been accounted for. No injuries have been recorded so far.”

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