Seabed Mining Company Nautilus Minerals Unveils New Bridge In PNG's New Ireland

Miner yet to begin seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea off New Ireland coast

By Rosalyn Albaniel

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, April 27, 2017) – Canadian miner-Nautilus Minerals, this week delivered to the people of West Coast of New Ireland province, an all weather bridge worth K3.1million [US$953,000].

The Pubanom bridge spans 30 metres and has the capacity to take up to 40 tonnes at any one time.

This vital link, situated in ward six along the west coast of Namatanai at Rabehen village, was officially opened by Mining Minister and Namatanai Open MP Byron Chan on Monday.

Those also set to benefit from this bridge are the people of Central New Ireland as well.

Among the dignitaries that had attended this event were New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan, Nautilus Minerals PNG Social and Corporate Responsibility and Security Manager Stanley Komunt, acting Provincial Works Manager Solomon Pela, the managing director Aloga #42, Geraldine Gee, Ward six member Raphael Los.

Mr Komunt had stood in for the chief executive officer Mike Johnston at this event.

He had from the outset conveyed Mr Johnston’s apologies for not being able to attend this important event

He said the CEO was in England attending a board meeting relating to financing matters pertaining to the Solwara 1 project.

He said this event was an important one for the company and had come about as a result of an agreement which Mr Johnston and Sir Julius had signed off back in July 2013.

Mr Komunt said under the agreement, the parties had agreed that the first bridge would be delivered immediately after the signing while a further two after the company had begun production.

He had on behalf of the company, apologised that this had not happened and that this project was now being delivered four years on.

Nevertheless he said he was happy that this project had been completed on time and on budget and would be long lasting long lasting.

Both the New Ireland governor and mining minister had thanked Nautilus for this and the other projects the company has delivered especially at a time when the company had not yet commenced its operations in the province and is yet to make a return.

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