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Papua New Guinea Asks Energy Explorers: Can We Keep Some of Our Gas?

  • Papua New Guinea gas is exported to nations like China, Japan
  • Access to gas may help boost industries, generate electricity
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Less than three years after it began sending one of its most precious resources overseas, Papua New Guinea’s future may be determined by how much of it stays at home.

The Pacific island nation wants some of the world’s top explorers to allow a portion of its natural gas to stay in the country, said Nixon Duban, the minister for the government’s petroleum and energy department. The fuel pumped from remote mountain ranges and forest-covered hills could spur industries, generate cheaper power for an electricity-starved population and even help catch tuna. But not at the cost of driving away drillers.