PNG MRA happy with Decision on Wafi-Golpu Mine

Papua New Guinea Mineral Resources Authority (PNG MRA) managing director Jerry Garry has welcomed the decision by the Governor of  Morobe Province to withdraw further legal proceedings against the State in relation to the Wafi-Golpu copper  gold project.
Mr Garry said the decision was reached after many high-level discussions between the national government  and the provincial government.
He said the court injunction relating to the memorandum of understanding signed between the State and the  Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture Partners had completely stalled the Special Mining Lease, (SML) permitting process  since the first quarter last year.
This has prevented anyone from doing anything on the Wafi-Golpu project with all statutory assessment  process by the MRA being suspended including activities on the project site which led to project personnel being laid of.
Mr Garry said, as a gesture to commit to the understanding, a tentative timetable proposed was signed last  Thursday, however, the State through the MRA development coordination branch will finalise its work  program after consultations with stakeholders including the development partners and will announce a detail schedule.
The detailed scheduled will be for activities including:

  • Formalize the landowning groups for SML, pipeline corridor and deep sea tailing placement outfalls;
  •  Stakeholder meetings through development forum process for the MOA on benet-sharing arrangements;
  • Concurrently re-initiate dialogues with the Joint Venture partners for the mining development contract;
  •  Conclude technical assessments, review financial modelling and prepare assessments for mining advisory council’s considerations;
  • Ensure environment-permitting process is completed in timely manner because environment permit is a mandatory requirement for SML permitting; and
  • Finalization of compensation agreements.

He said technical assessment of the proposal for development, environment permit, compensation
agreement, mining development contract are necessary requirements for the grant of a SML. The MoA  process can continue after the grant of a SML and is not a prerequisite.
“We will convey our intentions to the developer and we are looking forward to re-commence our assessment  and negotiations processes by end of May,” Mr Garry said.
“I am appealing to any aggrieved party to discuss any grievances outside the court as any further delay caused  by court injunction will derail our standing and may cause further strain on this mega project.”


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