OIL Search reports  that the PNG LNG facilities in Papua New Guinea’s Highlands are being shut down as a safety precaution following a major earthquake in the regio.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the early hours of this morning in the PNG Highlands. There have also been a series of aftershocks.

Oil Search said it is presently confirming that all personnel have been accounted for and to date no injuries have been reported.

As a precautionary measure and in order to assess any damage to facilities, Oil Search’s production operations in the PNG Highlands are in the process of being shut-down. ExxonMobil PNG Ltd has confirmed that the PNG LNG facility at Hides has also been safely shut down.