Marape Confirms Porgera Mine Still In Operation
Prime Minister James Marape has confirmed that the Porgera Mine is still operating while its expression of interest to continue operations is being looked at by the National Government.
“Renewing of lease will be on better terms improved and on friendly on country’s demand on greater participation in our resources extraction and harvest.
“If lease is not renewed, we have a case where we have successfully taken over the mind we are in discussion with investors and landowners and provincial governments,” Mr Marape said.
“We envisaged in the not too distance future our country must have a gold refinery and every gold produced in our country must have a Kumul stamp before taken out of our country.”
The mining lease for Porgera expired on August of 2019 with Governor for Eastern Highlands Peter Numu putting to the PM a series of questions on not only Porgera but also the Kainantu Mine review.
Can the PM confirm or deny that the continued mining in Porgera after expiration is illegal if illegal why allowing it to continue
How much is the government taking from production after lease expired;
If the government stake in PJV after lease expired is on same terms what the legal justification is;
Are you aware that PJV is exporting gold concentrates to china if so is it subjected to taxes and proper supervision?
Are there any other mines that are exporting gold concentrate in PNG if so what is the government policy on the export of concentrates; and
What time will the mining review for the Kainantu mine proceed?
Mr Marape said: “The mine in Porgera is continuing lease did expire however operators submitted their expression of interest to continue mining and we are giving best considerations, legally their lease expired but they have expressed their interests to renew the lease, we have allowed them to continue until government takes a stand as far as that operation is concerned.”
“I am mindful of the environmental damages on the ground and footprints of effects of the mine and resettlement will be a major playing factor in our decision to renew or not to renew lease,” Mr Marape said.
“We are having serious discussions and conversations with Landowners, stakeholders and provincial government.”
“When we cross over into 2020, the future of mine will be decided by cabinet, government, and key stakeholders in consultation with landowners and provincial government will make known the decision to investors operating the mine”
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