Production At Ramu Nickel Mine Restarts After Attack

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Locals upset over hiring of Chinese workers for mine

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 8, 2014) – The Chinese-owned Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea has resumed production three days after an attack by armed villagers forced work to a halt.

The Reuters news agency reports a Chinese embassy official in PNG confirming the resumption following an attack in which equipment including nine excavators, a fuel truck and a lighting vehicle were burned and five Chinese workers injured.

The two billion US dollar mine is operated by Ramu NiCo, which is majority owned and run by Metallurgical Corporation of China Ltd.

The Chinese embassy in PNG says police assisted in restoring calm following the attack.

The embassy has made an urgent request to the PNG government to take immediate measures to prevent the violence from recurring and ensure the safety of Ramu NiCo personnel and properties.

Local media reports indicate that the attack may have been sparked by local concerns about the company's hiring policies for mine workers, many of whom are Chinese.

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