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Authority Welcomes Decision On Wafi-Golpu



Mineral Resources Authority managing director Jerry Garry is pleased that the National Court in Lae has dismissed the review proceedings and uplifted injunction orders relating to the Wafi-Golpu copper gold project.


This follows State’s legal counsel Paul Mawa’s application last Friday to dismiss the case, on grounds that the partiers to the Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU) – the State and the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture Partners, have mutually withdrawn from the MoU.


Furthermore, the term of the MoU expired in June 2020 and thus, there was no utility for the case to proceed.


Mr Garry said the court injunction has prevented anyone from doing anything on the Wafi-Golpu project since first quarter 2019.


Consequently, all the statutory assessment process by the MRA was suspended. Regrettably, all the activities on the project site were also suspended leading to laying–off project personnel.


Mr Garry said while the judicial system provides the avenue for justice, it is also equally important to weigh out consequences and effects before engaging in lengthy litigation.


The MRA welcomed the decision and look forward to complete the landowner formalization process, re-engage in development forum to discuss benefit-sharing arrangements, and conclude the Special Mining Lease permitting process. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/authority-welcomes-decision-on-wafi-golpu-project/ | Post Courier