PNG PM Marape to highlight Porgera Mine reopening in Sydney Conference

 Papua New Guinea PRIME Minister James Marape will headline the 16th PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference in Sydney next month.

According to a statement from the PNG Chamber of Mining and Petroleum, this will be to promote international investment in the country.

Prime Minister Marape is expected to announce four new major projects and the expected re-opening of Porgera gold mine during the conference which has more than a thousand registered to attend.

Marape will deliver the keynote address on day one and will be joined by Australian International Development Conference Minister Pat Conroy.

Senior executives of the major international investors in PNG, including Newcrest chief executive officer Sandeep Biswas, Harmony Gold chief financial officer Boipelo Leukube, TotalEnergies senior vice-president Julien Pouget, Santos president (upstream) Brett Darley and ExxonMobil PNG managing director Peter Larden will be giving a global outlook of their operations around the world and how PNG fits into their plans.

Fortescue Future Industries CEO Julie Shuttleworth will be presenting Fortescue’s vision for green hydrogen as a game changer for the world and PNG’s possible role as a hydrogen supplier.

The conference will also feature former Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop, presenting her view as to why Australia needs to invest more in PNG and Trade and International Investment Minister Richard Maru outlining the Government’s vision for investment and development in non-mining sectors. There will also be policy statements by Mining Minister Ano Pala and Petroleum and Energy Minister Kerenga Kua.

There would also be presentations by Kumul Petroleum and Kumul Minerals on project updates on all of PNG’s existing mining and energy projects and also the next wave of resource and energy projects

The conference will conclude with a session on PNG’s success stories on resource revenues invested for future benefit and on the importance of the PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund.

The National / Pacific Mining Watch 

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