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Barrick says positive discussion held with PNG Government on Porgera re-opening

PNG Prime Minister James Marape, together with Enga Provincial Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, have met with Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow in Port Moresby to discuss the terms of the re-opening of the Porgera Gold Mine. Prime Minister Marape indicated that he was very happy with the discussions that had taken place. “I was very pleased to be able to meet with Barrick CEO Mr Bristow and his team today

Chamber raises concerns over government’s mining moves

THE PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum says it is alarmed at the PNG Government’s decision to fast track the adoption of Production Sharing Contracts for mining and petroleum in place of the Royalty/Tax Concessionary System that has operated successfully since the country’s independence. In a statement, the Chamber said it remains cognisant of the government’s prerogative to review and reform our resource laws and has never been opposed to

Barrick initiates World Bank conciliation proceedings with PNG Government over Porgera

PORGERA Gold Mine operator Barrick (Niugini) Limited (BNL has initiated conciliation proceedings before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) to settle its dispute with PNG arising out of the PNG Government’s decision not to extend the Porgera Special Mining Lease (SML). BNL says it exercised its legal right to apply for an extension of the Porgera Special Mining Lease in June 2017. The company alleges

Barrick says non-extension of Porgera SML a catastrophe for Landowners

PORGERA gold miner Barrick Niugini Limited (BNL), claims the PNG Government’s decision not to extend its Special Mining Lease was tantamount to nationalisation without due process and in violation of the government’s legal obligations to BNL. The company said it remained willing to discuss the issue with Prime Minister James Marape and his government in the hope of averting what it described as a catastrophic situation for the communities at

Ok Tedi Mine vows to continue operating

OPERATIONS  at the Ok Tedi mine will continue as long as it’s safe and economical to do so, says Ok Ted Mining Limited Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Graham. Mr Graham made these remarks after Papua New Guinea announced yesterday (Thursday 16th April) that it had five new COVID-19 cases, of which three were from border villages adjacent to the mine’s Bige dredging project in the Western Province.

World Bank Commits to Papua New Guinea’s Fight Against COVID-19

THE World Bank has approved an emergency US$20 million (approximately PGK70m) project for Papua New Guinea (PNG) to provide rapid support the country’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic response. The emergency support will fund rapid health support for PNG focused on protecting health workers and others in the response effort, helping PNG health authorities quickly scale-up testing capacity, and strengthening public education to combat the spread of the virus. The project, funded

Better data means better health services and treatment

THE Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS) with the support of the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership is improving and strengthening its reporting mechanisms on sexual and reproductive health services in the country. CCHS data helps the Government of Papua New Guinea to make informed decisions about health service delivery including access to proper treatment. A three-day workshop on effective data collection, analysis and reporting was held for 11 Catholic health officers

PNG project delays raise concerns from global and local financiers

GLOBAL and local financial experts have expressed concerns at the state of Papua New Guinea’s economy in the face of continued delays to a number of world-class resource projects. The mood has darkened further with the PNG Government’s decision to walk away from negotiations on the P’nyang development, a key piece the proposed expansion of the country’s LNG industry. There have also been delays in negotiations for the giant Wafi-Golpu

Horizon elects to terminate CEO Sheridan during PRL-21 investigation

PNG oil and gas explorer and developer Horizon Oil has decided to terminate the employment of CEO Michael Sheridan while it investigates allegations the company made a payment to a senior Government official to acquire an interest in Petroleum Retention Licence (PRL) 21 in 2011. Mr Sheridan was originally suspended on February 12, 2020, when the company elected to further investigate claims related to the PRL-21 deal. Horizon told shareholders

Horizon denies any knowledge of alleged PNG payment

AUSTRALIAN petroleum company Horizon Oil says it has no actual knowledge of any wrongdoing relating to a reported transaction to PNG officials to acquire an interest in Petroleum Retention Licence 21 (PRL 21) in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. The company has also denied knowledge of reports that leaked documents concerning the matter have been provided to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Securities and Investment