PNG Govt to make Decision on Porgera Gold Mine

The Papua New Guinea government will make its position clear on the fate of the Porgera Gold Mine in Enga province in the first quarter of this year.

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke has given this assurance, saying he wants to take up a position paper to the government immediately.

The Special Mining and tenement Leases for the Porgera Gold Mine expired in August, last year.

However, according to the Mining Act, the operator has been allowed to operate until the national government decides on the application.

It is now six months since the expiry of the mining leases.

Minister Tuke further said the state through its agencies including the Mineral Resources Authority has gone through the processes, receiving submissions from landowners and stakeholders on the stringent processes to come up with a decision.

NBC News / Pacific Mining Watch

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