Technical, legal issues with Barrick remain, says PNG Prime Minister

Papua New Guinea  PRIME Minister James Marape says resettlement and other technical and legal requirements between Barrick Niugini Ltd and the State remain outstanding.

“The state negotiating team and I met Mark Bristow and his team while in Houston to finalise plans to reopen the Porgera mine,” he said.

Papua New Guinea  PRIME Minister James Marape
Papua New Guinea  PRIME Minister James Marape 

“There are some legal hurdles to cross over, which both parties appreciate as the reason why the Sept 16 deadline was not met.

“But we are committed to working on these outstanding matters in October. I would like to inform the country and all stakeholders, especially our landowners and impact-area footprints, that the State and Barrick remain committed to opening Porgera at the earliest.

“We cannot reopen yet when matters we want to do better in New Porgera, like resettlement, remain outstanding, as well as other technical and legal requirements on both sides.

“Both parties will this month to go over all outstanding matters, while Barrick, as the operator, prepares to fire the mine up.”

Statement / The National / Pacific Mining Watch

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