PNG Justice Kandakasi adjourns Porgera gold mine operator Barrick Niugini Ltd's case to Friday

Papua New Guinea DEPUTY Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi yesterday adjourned the case of Porgera gold mine operator Barrick Niugini Ltd (BNL) to Friday so the court can consider and sign off preceding orders and warrants of court and to hear pending and new applications to be filed before Friday.
The adjournment would also allow State lawyer Tauvasa Tanuvasa to go through a proposal filed by Barrick lawyer Derek Wood, of Ashurst Lawyers.
“The defendant and the rest of the parties will have to have a look at the proposal and respond before close of business on May 13 (tomorrow),” Kandakasi said.
“Parties are to meet by May 14 to have further discussions on the matter and the matter returns on Friday.”
BNL and the State have not come up with any resolutions regarding resolving issues arising from the transition period following the Government’s refusal to extend the miner’s special mining lease.
These were directives given by the National Court on April 30, after the miner took the matter to court seeking a judicial review of the Government’s decision.
Barrick and the State were given directives by the court to cooperate to collectively address the situation under the clause 19.1 (d) and (e) of the Mining Development Contract which was signed in May 12, 1989.
Section 19 allows the Porgera Joint Venture to remain in mine for a year following expiry date to remove and recover assets and equipment including explosives, and to ensure that the mine area is safe and in a suitable condition, having regards to natural conditions as well.

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