PNG'S PORGERA GOLD MINE SUSPENDS PRODUCTION AGAIN

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (October 29, 1997 - PACNEWS)--- Papua New Guinea's Porgera gold mine has suspended production for the third time this year because of the country's worst drought on record.

Once again, there is not enough water in the mine's catchment dam to supply the gold processing plant.

The shutdown of the plant is costing the company revenue of about $5 million a week, but the mine's 2,000 employees remain on the job. They are stockpiling high-grade gold ore and preparing it for milling once the dam refills.

The Ok Tedi gold and copper mine near the border with Irian Jaya also is shut down because of the drought.

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