Marape Assures Wafi-Golpu Landowners of 'Best Benefits'
by PNG Business News - September 06, 2021
Photo Credit: Post Courier
Prime Minister James Marape of Papua New Guinea has told landowners and others participating in the Wafi-Golpu Mine project in Morobe that they will receive the best possible deal.
He said that the project had been delayed for years due to the parties' inability to reach an agreement on problems that would allow mining to begin.
In Mumeng, Bulolo, he recently visited a Wafi-Golpu Mine pre-development forum.
The parameters would be discussed with the developer, landowners, and other stakeholders, according to Marape.
“Let’s all discuss the best outcome for us,” Marape said.
“The Mining department has been compiling reports from all stakeholders.
“And when instruments are signed for the project, it will happen the way everyone wanted.
“Decisions for the mine will come out from an open, transparent discussion.”
The developers Newcrest and Harmony were informed by Marape that the government is ready to hand over the special mining lease (SML) and is waiting for them to respond to the paperwork they were handed.
Johnson Tuke, the Minister of Mines, stated that the government was committed to completing the project.
“I’m ready to sign to start this project which will bring in a huge economic value to the country,” Tuke said.
Deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil stated that he was 100% dedicated to seeing the mine open for business.
Reference: Pacific Mining Watch (2 September 2021). “You will get the best benefits, PNG PM Marape tells Wafi-Golpu Mine Project landowners.”
PNG Business News - April 16, 2021
Mining Minister: Wafi-Golpu Next Big Project
The Wafi-Golpu Mine in Morobe Province is the next big mineral project on the Government's agenda, according to Mining Minister Johnston Tuke. Minister Tuke said that the project would be funded by the end of the current legislative session. Mining Minister Johnston Tuke declared on April 9 that the Wafi-Golpu Mine Special Mining Lease (SML) will be granted next, following the signing of the Framework Agreement between the State and Barrick Niugini Limited. He stated that the government intends to have the project accepted as quickly as possible. “Wafi-Golpu is the next project where this Government is looking forward to endorsing before its term expires. Hopefully, before the end of this political year calendar I will endorse or grant the SML to Wafi-Golpu (Joint Venture),” said Minister Tuke. The Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture received an Environmental Permit from the State in March. The Morobe Provincial Government, however, quickly brought the matter to court, protesting WGJV's Deep Sea Tailings Placement process, which had been accepted by the State in the Environmental Permit. Minister Tuke said they'll keep looking for a way to go on with the K18.4 billion mining project. “This Government is proactive in its approach, this government is proactive in committing itself to deliver what it has meant to deliver. So Wafi-Golpu irrespective of the court proceedings, the manner is more or less uniform,” he said.
PNG Business News - June 01, 2021
Wafi-Golpu Project Urged To Proceed
Photo Credit: Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture Landowners of Morobe's US$5.4 billion (K18.48 billion) Wafi-Golpu gold and copper project are urging the government to proceed with the project. The landowners of the special mining license 10, who were represented by their presidents from Hengambu, Yanta, and Babuaf, stated the project had been delayed for far too long. The landowners in the SML 10 region, according to Yanta landowners association president Victor Geactulu, Babuaf landowners association president Jack Raban, and Hengambu landowners association president John Nema, wanted to see the project go through. “The Government, after that development forum, has to progress to the signing of the mine agreement for the operation to start at the mine site,” Nema said. He said that when the multi-billion kina project is completed, it will improve the economy, which is now in a depression. “We call on the Government and the Morobe government and stakeholders to decide on an effective way forward for the immediate start of the mine,” he said. The construction of the Wafi-Golpu project is now before the court, according to Morobe government lawyer Ralph Saulep. “We will not hesitate to cite people for contempt if the situation warrants it,” he said. He stated that the court had heard all questions relating to the legitimacy of the environmental permit given last December 18 and the mine's delay, including the challenge to the grant of the special mining lease. Anyone who feels he or she has standing, according to Saulep, can petition the court to participate as a party. Reference: The National (1 June 2021). “Call for Govt to fast-track project”.
PNG Business News - June 28, 2021
Wafi-Golpu Forum to Begin in July
Prime Minister James Marape has stated that the Wafi-Golpu mine project's long-term development forum will begin next month. He made the statement during a visit to Bulolo's Mumeng local government to inaugurate a number of initiatives. “The Wafi-Golpu development forum will be staged next month,” Marape said. “If there is anyone with issues regarding this, then there is no need to prolong (the forum). “We all (stakeholders) need to sit down together, discuss and find a way to address any issue on that arises. “The K100 million development fund is in the budget and available but landowners will not get the money if the development forum is not held.” He asked all parties involved in the mine's development, including the province and district governments, landowners, and the developer, to work together to guarantee the forum takes place. The proposed mine is located in the area, according to Deputy Prime Minister and local MP Sam Basil, and the district should be prepared in terms of capacity-building prior to the mine's development. With the mining and the projected changes, he said the district should focus on capacity building. Landowners from the project area will come to Port Moresby to meet with the Prime Minister, according to Basil. The landowners were looking forward to the development forum. The news has been praised by representatives of the three landowner associations - Hengambu Landowner Association, Yanta Development Association, and Babuaf Development Corporation. Reference: Kari, Janet. Post-Courier (22 June 2021). “Wafi-Golpu Development Forum To Start In July.”
PNG Business News - September 16, 2021
Engaging the global crowd to design the electric mine of the future
Today, the Electric Mine Consortium (EMC) launched the ‘Electric Mine Simulation’ crowd challenge in partnership with the OZ Minerals Think & Act Differently ideas incubator and Unearthed. OZ Minerals, IGO, South 32, Blackstone Minerals, Evolution Mining, Barminco and Goldfields have committed to significantly reducing their carbon footprint. These seven mining companies along with a number of partner companies, have come together to form the Electric Mine Consortium, a collaborative group seeking to accelerate progress towards a fully electrified zero carbon and zero particulates mine. Electrification of mine sites is a critical step change needed for the mining industry to achieve a zero carbon future. Switching to electric and renewable energy represents a transformational shift that will change the way mines are designed. This challenge is about using simulation to understand the impacts of electrification on mine design and through this challenge the EMC is looking to find innovators that can help do this. The eight-week online challenge invites companies and individuals from around the world to propose an approach to designing an open architecture, mine design simulation platform that can initially be used to compare a fully electric underground mine with its traditional diesel powered equivalent. Brett Triffett, Transformation Technologist, from OZ Minerals explained, “there is a great opportunity to use whole-of-mine simulations that integrate all of the dependent systems so we can understand the holistic value in transitioning from diesel to electric solutions in underground mines. We would like to be able to quickly build and test different mine designs and compare things like productivity, costs, emissions and energy requirements. We think that eventually this capability could be expanded to include the entire mining value chain. We have invited the crowd to propose solutions because we are not currently aware of a platform that meets this brief. What we have learned from running previous crowd challenges is that there are often people from outside our industry who have ideas or technology that can be applied to mining. These people are often unknown to us and in many cases they are unfamiliar with our industry. By participating in a crowd challenge, innovators can access a new market and be supported in developing new products and business models.”. A selected cohort from from this challenge will join the Think & Act Differently incubator and be supported in developing a demonstration of their solution. The incubator program is a supportive environment that includes; funding, mentoring, opportunities for collaboration, capability uplift and exposure to mining data and mining operations from across the EMC members.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
Weir Minerals strengthens its partnership with international technology group, Andritz
Weir Minerals and Andritz have signed an agreement at MINExpo 2021 expanding their shared commitment and strategic cooperation to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry. The foundations of this agreement have been built on a shared understanding and vision to enable the sustainable and efficient delivery of the natural resources essential to create a better future for the world. Since 2018, Weir Minerals’ and Andritz’s partnership has seen them collaborate on joint tailings projects. This shared history as partners – a collaboration made stronger by the quality of individuals on both teams – has reinforced their abiding belief that together, both Weir Minerals and Andritz are stronger. This shared success has led both Weir Minerals and Andritz to renew their on-going commitment and announce they’ll be expanding their offer to all regions around the globe. Utilising Andritz’s proven separation and dewatering technologies, Weir Minerals has strengthened its whole-of-mine capabilities, showcasing market-leading products from extraction to comminution, mill circuit and tailings management. ‘Weir Minerals has been providing tailings solutions for decades; we have dedicated research facilities – the Weir Technical Centre in Melbourne, Australia and the Sustainable Mining Centre in Venlo, Netherlands – that are challenging conventional ways of thinking about tailings, while also developing practical, innovative and sustainable solutions that will reduce operating costs and improve safety,’ Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division President said. ‘Decreasing ore grades mean that mines are producing more tailings than ever before. One of the challenges with tailings management is that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach; each mine requires a tailored solution that carefully considers the minerals being processed, as well as the site’s climatic and geological conditions. Weir Minerals prides itself on having both the expertise and equipment that allows us to partner with miners everywhere to plan and implement tailings solutions based on their operations’ unique challenges and this agreement with Andritz enhances those capabilities,’ he said. ‘Andritz has a long history working across a range of different industries. We are very proud of the work we’ve done with Weir Minerals; together, we’re excited about continuing to provide a joint offering of sustainable and value-added tailings solutions. Both companies bring a different expertise and know-how to the partnership; we complement one another and ultimately it’s our customers who’ll benefit,’ Steve Huff, President Andritz Separation said. Tailings management forms an important element of Weir Minerals’ broader integrated solutions approach, which considers problems and challenges from all perspective and draws on a range of experts – process engineers, design engineers, product experts and materials scientists, among others – to identify potential challenges and opportunities and provide tailored solutions. ‘This latest agreement enhances our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will continue to offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters,’ Charlie Stone, Weir Minerals VP Sales and Business Development-Mill Circuit said. Weir Minerals has strengthened its tailings team to support the market and ensure that it can provide innovative solutions based on each customer’s specific requirements. The agreement provides the opportunity for potential future collaboration on technology, harnessing Andritz’s market-leading separation technology in conjunction with Weir Minerals’ minerals and tailings processing technology. Many of these products – Warman® pumps to transport fluid tailings, GEHO® pumps to handle paste, Cavex® hydrocyclones to dewater tailings and the Multiflo® range of dewatering solutions – have been integral to helping miners manage their waste for generations. Weir Minerals and Andritz have also reiterated their shared commitment to sustainability; it is an essential part of both their business and corporate strategies. Both companies have outlined ambitious plans to reduce their carbon emissions, while their approach to ESG initiatives extends to all aspects of their organisations. ‘Shareholders and stakeholders are rightfully demanding more sustainable mining practices and tailings management is an area where there’s a lot of scope for improvement. Weir Minerals wants to play a central role in changing how the industry thinks about and manages tailings. Ultimately, we believe that sustainable solutions are not only environmentally beneficial, but also reduce operating costs and minimise risk,’ David Almond, Weir Minerals Global Director, Product Management Process said. ‘Weir strives to make our customers more sustainable and efficient; it’s core to our purpose and at the heart of what we do. We believe that embedding sustainability throughout our organisation protects and creates long-term value for our stakeholders and secures the long-term future of Weir. Our approach to tailings management is an extension of our broader corporate strategy. There is scope to make long-lasting, impactful change in how the mining sector thinks about and manages tailings and Weir is proud to be one of the industry leaders,’ Jon Stanton, Weir Group Chief Executive said.
PNG Business News - September 15, 2021
STAKEHOLDERS VIEWS CRITICAL FOR BETTER RESOURCE GOVERNANCE: ALKAN
Head of the PNGEITI Mr Lucas Alkan last week in Wabag at the opening of the consultation. The Head of the PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Mr. Lucas Alkan has issued a strong challenge to stakeholders in the extractive industries to embrace and promote the work of EITI in Papua New Guinea to derive best value from the industry. Mr. Alkan spoke of this last week in Wabag when he opened the upper highlands regional consultation on a proposed law to transition the PNGEITI into a statutory authority. “PNG EITI is a government driven initiative to promote transparency and accountability in the PNG mining and petroleum space which has been driving the PNG economy for a sustained period of time. “But there is this misconception about proceeds from mining and petroleum activities not being translated well into development on the ground and this sentiment is shared by many at both the provincial and national level. “What PNGEITI is doing is to shed light on the leakages on revenues and proceeds from the mining and petroleum activities with the ultimate aim of improving governance in the mining and petroleum sectors using international best practice standards to see the desired development outcome from this important sector. “Seven years into PNGEITI implementation in PNG, we’ve now seen the need to make the PNGEITI administrative body, the PNGEITI into a statutory body to see more improvement in the EITI reports to enhance good governance in the sector to derive the best development outcome. “We’ve covered two regions; the New Guinea Islands and Momase regions and we are now conducting consultations in Enga and Eastern Highalnds to cover the big highlands region. “I encourage the best knowledge and views from all stakeholders from the stakeholders in these consultations so that we give birth to a law that truly reflects the genuine views of all stakeholders for better development outcomes. A State Technical working group comprising the Department of Petroleum, State Solicitor, Internal Revenue Commission, Department of Personnel Management, Department of Treasury, the National Economic Fiscal Commission and Department of Finance were in the Enga capital, Wabag for a four days consultation for the Upper Highlands region” “PNGEITI has been in operations since 2014 effected by a NEC decision and now we are moving into the next step in anchoring this extractive industry reporting process into PNG’s legal and administrative system. PNGEITI published 7 reports detailing activities taking placing inn the PNG mining and petroleum space,” Mr. Alkan said. Article Courtesy of PNG Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative