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Disgruntled landowners shut down Wafi-Golpu gold and copper project in Morobe Province in PNG

Mining News - Published on Tue, 15 Jan 2019

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Post Courier reported that USD 5 billion Wafi-Golpu gold and copper project in Morobe Province has been shut down. This shutdown took effect last Friday when about 100 men claiming to be landowners threatened to enter the exploration and development site following opposition to the memorandum of understanding which was signed between the State and the developer Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture in Port Moresby last December. The WGJV Executive Project Director, Bryan Bailie stressed that “The safety of our personnel is paramount and that we will not put them at risk. As such, all non-essential personnel were evacuated as a precautionary measure.”

Reports on the ground say all staff were evacuated to safety leaving the project site deserted since Friday after protestors threatened to enter the exploration camp unless it was evacuated and work immediately stopped. Activities at the exploration site are currently suspended pending assurance that law and order has been re-established.

A disappointed mining Minister Johnson Tuke said this shutdown is uncalled for and the actions taken by these parties to raise their grievances is a sense of a criminal act. He explained that the state has gone into an engagement with the company to develop an understanding with the state and the developer.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 15 Jan 2019
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