PNG’S PORGERA MINE STILL STALLED OVER NEGOTIATIONS

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PNG’S PORGERA MINE STILL STALLED OVER NEGOTIATIONS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 1) - Operations remain suspended at the giant Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea’s Enga Province as mine managers continue talks with landowners over resettlement demands.

Barrick (Niugini) Limited, manager of the Porgera Joint Venture mine in Enga Province, was forced to halt work at the mine last Tuesday after landowners blocked two access routes during a protest.

Some members of the Porgera Landowners' Association took the action to pressure the company to recognize the need for landowners to relocate because of mine encroachment on their land and food gardens.

Mining Minister Sam Akoitai is understood to have met with the landowners and discussed their outstanding issues with him. The open pit and underground mine employs more than 2,300 people- Papua New Guineans and expatriates.

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