A young woman in Hides 4, Hela Province. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
Kayabe in front of his reed house, in Hides 4, Hela Province. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
A woman selling chicken in Tari. In Papua New Guinea, 85 percent of the population still depend on the informal economy for a living. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
A Huli man in Tari's only superstore. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
Tari's only superstore. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
A Huli man in Tari's only superstore. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
Men gather near dartboards in Tari. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
Tari's only superstore. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
Outside the resource sector, Hela is one of the poorest parts of Papua New Guinea. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.
A bicyclist in Hela. Image by Céline Rouzet. Papua New Guinea, 2012.

Liquified natural gas exploration in Papua New Guinea has led to significant investments by Exxon Mobil, but the costs may outweigh the benefits for the local population. These photographs show scenes from life in Tari, the capital of Hela Province, during the first phase of the Exxon Mobil project.

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Is Exxon Mobil's natural gas project a heaven-sent opportunity to boost Papua New Guinea’s GDP, or a threat to the 60,000 people who can claim "customary ownership" of the land that will be affected?

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June 20, 2013 / Le Monde Diplomatique
Céline Rouzet
A project run by ExxonMobil to supply China and Japan with liquefied gas for the next 30 years is changing life in Papua New Guinea with wildly inequitable results for local people.
February 13, 2013 / The Huffington Post
Céline Rouzet
Two years after Exxon Mobil started its multi-billion dollar energy project in Papua New Guinea, some traditional landowners are feeling short-changed.