• Short Summary

    Papua New Guinea is the latest country to feel the effects of the world energy crisis.

  • Description

    1.
    Tanker at sea
    6 ft

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    Harbour-side scene
    9 ft

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    Man refuelling outboard motor (3 shots)
    18 ft

    4.
    Woman looks on
    21 ft

    5.
    Harbour scene
    25 ft

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    Road tanker being filled
    27 ft

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    Tanker leaves depot
    32 ft

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    Oil barrels being rolled (2 shots)
    40 ft

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    Barrels being filled
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    Tanker pulls out
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    Barrels of oil
    58 ft

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    Petrol pump attendant (2 shots)
    63 ft

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    Oil level in car being checked (2 shots)
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    Car being filled with petrol and petrol pump (3 shots)
    78 ft

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    Car leaves service station
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    Light aircraft taxiing (2 shots)
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    Plane being refilled (2 shots)
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    Plane taking off
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    Hydro-electric sign and pylons (2 shots)
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    Interior of power station
    113 ft

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    Water gushing down mountain
    122 ft

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    Pipes and pylons on mountainside (3 shots)
    137 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Papua New Guinea is the latest country to feel the effects of the world energy crisis. The Chief Minister, Mr. Michael Somare, has announced a twenty per cent cutback in the amount of petroleum products currently being supplied to Papua New Guinea.

    The Chief Minister said that the international situation meant that the oil companies operating in papua New Guinea were being forced to restrict the amount of fuel they could make available to consumers. He appealed to the public to make voluntary cutbacks in the use of private motor vehicles, and asked petrol station operators to limit the supply of petrol to one dollar per car in urban centres and two dollars per car in rural areas.

    "At present the restrictions on the sale of petrol are on a trust system," Mr. Somare said, "however, if the private motorist abuses this trust then the restrictions will be more severe."
    Mr. Somare also announced the establishment of a National Energy Conservation Task Force, headed by the Ministers of finance and of Mines and Energy.

    The Visnews correspondent in Port Moresby reports that despite the announcement popular feeling is that the move is more preemptive than a response to an immediate shortage. However, there is some concern that fuel available for outboard motor boats, a much-used method of transport, might be affected.

    The major airlines - Air Nuigini, Ansett and TAA - do not expect to be affected by the cuts, but domestic charter operators are anticipating some restrictions on their activities.

    Papua New Guinea's major source of alternative power is from hydro-electric scheme. Kilowatt hours generated by the P.N.G. Electricity Commission doubled in the period 1967 to 1971. And it is anticipated that the Rouna Hydro-electric scheme, 18 miles (30 kilometres) from Port Moresby, will be supplying the capital's energy requirements early in 1974.

    In addition it is hoped that Paua New Guinea might prove to be rich in natural gas and oil deposits. Several discoveries of natural gas in the Gulf area of Papua have already been made, and recent finds in Irian Jaya (the Indonesian half of the island) have encouraged the belief that Papua New Guinea itself might be equally well-endowed with natural fuel resources.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAGVXUSQVS06O3G1575EZJKN6L
    Media URN:
    VLVAGVXUSQVS06O3G1575EZJKN6L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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