Papua New Guinea (PNG) faces a long road to recovery after a series of earthquakes and aftershocks struck the mountainous region already reeling from a 7.5-quake on February 26. Australia and New Zealand sent helicopters and planes to help deliver aid to the remote region, which has been isolated by landslides.
The initial earthquake forced Exxon-Mobil to shut down all of its gas facilities in the country, which it expected would be down for around eight weeks while it carried out inspections and repairs. Exxon’s PNG LNG plant exports more than 8 million metric tons (mt) of liquefied natural gas per year. The company said its facilities in the highlands, where it produces and processes gas, and the 700-km pipeline to the coast withstood the earthquake.
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