KMHL To Proceed With Porgera Mine Operation
Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited is now free to proceed with the operations of the Porgera Mine following a Supreme Court decision last Friday that dismissed interim stay orders that were obtained by Barrick Niugini Limited in July.
The interim stay orders granted by deputy chief justice Ambeng Kandakasi was pending a court challenge by Barrick Niugini Limited against a National Executive Council decision that refused to renew its special mining lease application.
The stay order was dismissed by Justice Colin Makail, after upholding submissions by the State through Solicitor General Tauvasa Tanuvasa, who told the court that the proceedings were duplicated from a similar proceeding from the national court that was also dismissed.
Justice Makail held that the latest NEC decision did not come without any criticism and objection, however, Barrick Niugini had criticised the manner in which it was treated in respect to its application for the SML.
“As there is not much to be concerned in relation to the safety of the mine, its operations and personnel and that the relationship between the parties has become obnoxious and broken down, it is in the interest of justice that the present status quo be maintained.
“The application for stay is dismissed,” Justice Makail said in his ruling.