World Bulletin / News Desk
After $50 million worth of exploration over 3,000 square km, the northern region of the Gulf of Papuawas found to have about 28 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas.
"The results of the studies are extremely favourable 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 $19 billion LNG project, which is set to come online in 2014 with a capacity of 6.9 million tonnes of LNG per year.
Palmer said the Papua New Guinea government had offered strong support to take the gas project forward.