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.” 

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