Normal Operations At Porgera Mine
Barrick Niugini Limited reports situation at Porgera Mine and surrounding communities’ remains calm and within government health and safety advice.
BNL executive managing director, Anthony Esplin, said that the mine is operating normally, and that mining and processing operations is still stable.
“Community leaders including public health officials and police are doing a good job in keeping the community informed about the latest Government advice – it is heartening to see the community pulling together at this difficult time,” Mr Esplin said.
Staff from the mine have been liaising with public officials to ensure communities are kept informed and take safety precautions.
Mr Esplin said they stand ready to provide any support to the community and public facilities over the coming weeks, and will continue to work closely with the Paiam District Hospital and locally-deployed police to provide vital services.
He said at present they are working with local authorities and logistics companies to ensure the Highlands Highway remains open for vital supplies of food, fuel and medicines to reach the remote communities.
“While the movement of people within PNG has been temporarily suspended, mine management have been planning for this eventuality for some time, and last week we temporarily shifted to a long-roster format at the mine site so that operations at the mine can continue without interruption,” Mr Esplin said.
Porgera remains one of the key revenue generators as the country implements the national response to the unprecedented global Coronavirus outbreak.
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