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K92 gives green light for Kainantu expansion

ANOTHER important milestone in PNG’s colourful mining history has been achieved with Canada’s K92 Mining Inc. giving the go-ahead to significantly expand production at the historic Kainantu gold mine. The expansion will double current capacity at Kainantu to 400,000 tonnes per annum, increasing annual production to an average of 120,000 ounces of gold equivalent. Based on a recently completed preliminary economic assessment (PEA) for Kainantu, the major outcomes resulting from the [...]

Industry welcomes plans for National Petroleum Authority

The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum has welcomed the announcement by the Petroleum Minister, Dr Fabian Pok, that he will table a Bill on the proposed National Petroleum Authority (NPA) in Parliament this year. The Chamber President, Mr Gerea Aopi CBE, said it has been many years since the PNG Government agreed to establish a National Petroleum Authority and it was commendable that Dr Pok has undertaken to finalise [...]

New Barrick president confirms continuing commitments on Porgera

ON his first visit to Papua New Guinea as the new president and CEO of Barrick Gold Corporation, Mark Bristow, said the global mining group is committed to strengthening the Company’s partnership with the government and local communities, which has enabled the Porgera gold mine to deliver substantial benefits to PNG for almost 30 years. During his four-day visit, Bristow met with Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel and representatives of [...]

Chamber says uncertainty over mining leases could threaten economic growth in PNG

THE  PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum claims that the continued success of existing projects and the development of new ones is critical to the future of Papua New Guinea. And that any significant delay in the renewal and extension of mining licences for the country’s biggest producing mines would have a detrimental effect on the nation’s economy. Chamber president Gerea Aopi CBE commented following reports that projects such as [...]

Searcher completes Airborne Geophysical Survey in Papua New Guinea

SEARCHER Seismic has announced the completion of the regional multi-client airborne gravity, gravity-gradiometry and magnetics survey covering the transition zone of the Gulf of Papua. The Roho Airborne Gravity, Gravity-Gradiometry and Magnetic Survey covers approximately 60,700 square kilometres (~52,700line km) along the southern coast of PNG. The survey compliments several marine seismic and geochemical projects recently completed by Searcher aimed at assessing the hydrocarbon potential of the Gulf of Papua [...]

Chamber says PNG employment and rebound in growth thanks to mining & petroleum

The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum has welcomed a report by the World Bank that has forecasted that new large-scale resource projects could boost Papua New Guinea’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to five percent this year. The World Bank recently released its February 2019 edition of the PNG Economic Update which outlined PNG’s economic situation and medium-term development prospects. The report stated that the country’s medium-term economic outlook [...]

Woodmac says oil and gas exploration’s back in the black – and keen to stay there

AFTER a difficult few years, the exploration sector is back in the black – and keen to stay there. New studies from international industry anlysts Wood Mackenzie shows that explorers’ success in 2018 reflects a disciplined approach that’s set to continue this year. “We are seeing a long-overdue recovery in the sector. Last year conventional exploration returns hit 13% – the highest calculated in more than a decade. As 2018’s [...]

Study forecasts a boost in Asia Pacific oil and gas investments

CONFIDENCE in the outlook for Asia Pacific’s oil and gas industry has more than doubled in the past two years, according to new research published by DNV GL. The study found that 76% of senior oil and gas professionals in Asia Pacific are optimistic about the industry’s growth in 2019, compared with 58% in 2018 and 30% in 2017. The proportion of industry leaders who are confident in their own [...]

WoodMac tips Brent crude to average US$65 a barrel in 2019

Global markets were volatile heading into the new year. Oil has been no exception, with Brent trading between $62 per barrel on 7 December 2018 before falling to $51/b on 21 December. Mixed macroeconomic data have driven much of the volatility, with political uncertainty compounding concerns of a sharper than expected economic slowdown. What oil price is justified by the fundamentals? Ann-Louise Hittle, vice president, for macro oils at Wood [...]

Nautilus receives additional loan under secured loan facility

SUBSEA mining proponent Nautilus Minerals Inc. has announced that the company has received a loan from Deep Sea Mining Finance Ltd for US$500,000 under a previously announced loan agreement. Pursuant to the Loan Agreement, provides for a secured structured credit facility of up to US$34 million, Nautilus has issued to the Lender an additional 2,147,766 warrants of the company in connection with the US$500,000 loan. To date Nautilus has issued [...]