SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian mining mogul Clive Palmer says his oil and gas business has identified what could be one of the world's largest gas fields off the coast of Papua New Guinea, potentially worth $35 billion.
After $50 million worth of exploration over 3,000 square km, the northern region of the Gulf of Papua was found to have about 28 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.
"The results of the studies are extremely favorable and show this new Papua New Guinea gas region could possibly be as significant a resource area as the North West Shelf in Western Australia," said Palmer in a statement.
The region, 12 km (7 miles) from the coastline, is near Exxon Mobil's
Palmer said the Papua New Guinea government had offered strong support to take the gas project forward.
(Reporting by Michael Sin; Editing by Michael Perry)