Experimental seabad mining one-step closer in PNG

Nautilus satisfies the first of two conditions set by the PNG government for the release of US$113 million in funding: Overwhelming community opposition looks set to be ignored

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Nautilus Satisfies Intellectual Property Condition Precedent

Nautilus Minerals | Marketwired

Nautilus Minerals announces that the Company has satisfied the first of the two conditions precedent to its agreement with the nominee of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea to secure certain intellectual property rights.

In May 2014, the Company announced that following the State nominee, Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited, paying US$113 million into escrow for its 15% interest in the Solwara 1 Project up to first production, Nautilus was to secure for the State’s nominee certain intellectual property rights and the charter of a Production Support Vessel in order for the escrowed funds to be released.

Mike Johnston, the Company’s CEO commented, “Nautilus is pleased it has satisfied the first of the conditions precedent by securing the intellectual property rights required by the State and is now one step closer to securing the release of the escrowed funds. Discussions remain on track with potential vessel partners to obtain a suitable vessel arrangement within the timeframe required under the agreement, which will see the funds released from escrow.”

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John Momis: A mined mind

A mined mind

He can not listen to his people’s cries, even when they gave him and the Asian puppet, O’Neill, a Farewell ceremony meant for dead people instead of a welcome ceremony at the Panguna MINED and DESTROYED site.

And some of us wonder where the good person in him went, when he sat with the Constitutional Committee and created our country’s OUTSTANDING Constitution, based on one of the world’s MOST OUTSTANDING directives which are THE FIVE NATIONAL GOALS AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES.

Is he this same person who’s ignoring the cries of mothers, fathers, children and adults young and old? Did he wake up all of a suden and forgot the blood shed in the crisis, because the people stood up as one believing that it was worth it? Were his own grandparents’ blood also on the land he walks on and betrays today?

Sadly it’s clear, like the Asian puppet Peter O’Neil and all his other politician puppets, the mining of the mind has already caught up with him. This means he can no longer be trusted and respected.


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PNG people poorer despite big mines: NRI

PNG people are poorer but is that despite the big mines – or because of the big mines?

Perhaps a Sovereign Wealth Fund is NOT the answer.

What we need is a new model of development – one that actual respects and follows our National Goals and Development Principles rather than completely ignoring them as we do now… 

Aerial view of the LNG processing site

Freddy Mou | PNG Loop

Revenues from past extraction of PNG’s natural resources have failed to impact the lives of the average citizen, the country’s think thank and leading researcher in the Pacific, National Research Institute has revealed.

Director Dr Thomas Webster when launching the Sovereign Wealth Fund Report today in Port Moresby says the average citizen has become poorer as a result of poor management and accountability in the previous SWF projects.

“This experience is instructive for the present debate and the emphasis must be on ensuring that the LNG income stream and revenues from other similar projects transforms positively the lives of the average citizen, both now and into the future.

“The magnitude of the projected revenue from the current PNG LNG project is such that its impact on the macroeconomic stability is critical. Prudent strate-gies aimed at stabilising the plausible macroeconomic consequences from the current and future projects must be packaged into the SWF structure.

He said protecting the purpose and intent of the SWF through the approved management structure is critical.

It has been speculated that the final structure of the SWF Bill is scheduled to be tabled in the coming (October) Parliament session.

Dr Webster said missing from the design of a SWF has been a transparent and wide-ranging debate on its aims and a structure most likely to deliver the intended benefits.

“We are well aware that the PNG LNG has started exporting and proceeds from these sales accruing to PNG need to be deposited responsibly.

“We therefore continue the series of NRI discussions with the view to ensuring that the SWF is properly structured, established and managed,” he said.

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Chatham Rise seabed mining could have impacts on whales, EPA told

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Source: Sum Of Us

Source: Sum Of Us

Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today.

Whale expert, University of Otago’s Associate Professor Liz Slooten, gave evidence on behalf of Greenpeace, Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) at the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) hearing into the Chatham Rock Phosphate Ltd (CRP) application for seabed mining in 450 metre deep waters to mine phosphates on the Chatham Rise entered its fifth week.

Professor Slooten told the EPA there were many potential impacts on marine mammals, including permanent or temporary hearing impairment, behavioral response, compromised ability to communicate and orient, including to hunt for prey, potential direct impacts on marine mammals that may come into contact with the plume of sediment from the mining and pollution from uranium.

Despite these potential threats, the company had carried out no visual or acoustic surveys to establish what whales were in the vicinity, and there was no empirical data on noise that would be generated by the mining. Instead, CRP contractors had constructed a model extrapolating noise from a shallow-water mining operation, a model that, for example, did not take into account noise from pipes taking sediment 450 metres up to the ship – or back down.

“There are a number of potentially serious impacts on marine mammals. More rigorous environmental impact assessment would be needed to assess the severity of the impacts of this development,” said Ms Slooten.

Marine mammal species known to use the Chatham rise area include blue whales, bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, dusky dolphins, false killer whales, humpback whales, killer whales, minke whales, pilot whales, sei whales, southern right whales, sperm whales and NZ fur seals, plus the species group beaked whales, according to Slooten.

However, there was also a need to understand the number of any of these marine mammals in this area, which simply hadn’t been studied properly.

“From a scientific point of view, three years of baseline monitoring is the minimum required to collect baseline data on distribution and abundance of marine mammals and this is also the minimum to provide a realistic chance of detecting effects on other species,” she said.

None of this work had been done by the company.


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Pentanu’s skeletons fall out of the closet

Simon PentanuWhat happens when you have too many skeletons in your closet? Well for Ombudsman Simon Pentanu, it might have been a sour treat to be reminded of his recent past. Mr. Pentanu went after a report that only conveyed an affected people’s voices. The Ombudsman lashed out at Jubilee Australia for their publication of the report ‘Voices of Bougainville: Nikana Kansi Nikana Dong Damana (Our Land, Our Future)’. He also attacked individuals like Clive Porabau and Dr. Kristen Lasslett. The article was published on Keith Jackson and Patrick Fitzpatrick’s blog site ‘PNG Attitude’, titled “Let no outsiders pit us against ourselves”

The article clearly was written under assumptions in most of its parts, and called on all Bougainvilleans not to let outsiders create division within. Jubilee Australia, an Australian NGO that campaigns for Australian companies’ corporate responsibility in Asia and Pacific, published what was clearly not made up, however that did not go down well with the Ombudsman.

Dr. Kristen, an academic who has been very vocal on Rio Tinto/BCL’s involvement in sponsoring the PNG government’s ten year blockade and deliberate terror on the Bougainville people, came under fire from Mr. Pentanu. Dr. Vikki John, an Australia academic who clearly had no association with the report was criticized for assumedly being involved in the research.

And Clive Porabau, an upright campaigner against the reopening of the mine was assumedly accused by the former ombudsman to be working with U-Vistract’s Noah Musingku. A very shallow accusation made by the Ombudsman. And he might have dug a hole for himself on that, for a response came in on the blog by a Dansi Oerupeu that pointed out loopholes in his piece. Simon was questioned why he accused Clive Porabau for working with Musingku when Pentanu himself made a mountain of money’ from Musingku’s money scam business U-Vistract. According Dr. Patrick Gesh, Mr. Pentanu received a handsome K90 000 early return from his investment, in the scam which stole millions of kina from ordinary Papua New Guineans.

Not only that, Mr. Pentanu was also questioned on his dealings with Queensland businessman Godfrey Mantle and his Mantle Group. Mr. Mantle has been able to acquire 12 500 hectares of Bougainville. Yes, 12 500 hectares of Bougainville soil sold to an outsider! And this was managed by the patriotic Pentanu.

And it does not end there, Mr. Pentanu was also a paid consultant to Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), for what purpose who knows, but it is obvious BCL’s intention is not for the people, and Mr. Pentanu knows too well about that.

Hence, if we Bougainvilleans are not to allow outsiders to pit us against ourselves, then we should be aware of those insiders who are capable in turning Bougainvilleans against each other. Bear in mind that we stood against this very company that sponsored an unstable and ignorant government of PNG to “starve the bastards (us) out”.

Bougainvilleans should not play to the “better the devil you know”  tune because it is just offensive to the people to know that leaders are blind to be working with the very organization that was hell bent on killing to get to the island’s riches. It does not take years of education to develop a level conscience to see that the reopening of the mine equates the reopening of wounds. Not only that, with an environment that is fighting tooth and nail to recover from a cancerous ulcer and infectious bleeding of poisonous chemicals streaming into the ocean, it counts very much to forget the idea of a reopening, because ultimately this is against the wish of the silent majority who have to live in the nightmare of the trauma and pollutions aftermath. Something Mr. Pentanu does not feel living in the comfort of his home in Port Moresby!

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Newcrest’s troubled Lihir mine hit by airline dispute


PNG’s Air Niugini suspends Lihir services over insurance dispute


Air Niugini (PX) has indefinitely suspended scheduled flights to and from Lihir, located about 900km north east of Port Moresby in the country’s New Ireland Province. In a statement, the carrier said the suspension “is due to certain insurance issues that need to be resolved between the airport owner, New Crest Mining Ltd, its insurance company and Air Niugini.”

Lihir is home to the Lihir Gold Mine, operated by Newcrest Mining Ltd. The mine holds one of the largest gold resources (40 million ounces) in the world.

“Air Niugini will resume operations once these issues are resolved and New Crest gives approval,” it said.

Prior to its suspension, Air Niugini had connected the island with Kavieng and Rabaul. Rival Airlines of PNG (CG, Port Moresby) has reportedly continued with its operations with flights from Lihir to Kavieng, Rabaul Tokua and Port Moresby.

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Mining giant BHP Billiton grabbing customary land in Borneo

No forest destruction for coal! Justice for the people of Borneo!

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Deep in the heart of Borneo, communities and local activists are mobilising against a dangerous new threat to their livelihoods.

BHP-Billiton is planning to build massive coal mines stretching over an area more than twice the size of London, destroying some of the last pockets of primary rainforest in Borneo and contributing to runaway climate change.

KPC East Kutai mining

This would deprive indigenous peoples of their customary land and pollute water sources upon which millions depend. The area also provides a habitat for orangutans, pygmy elephants and numerous other rare and endangered species.

All of this could be at risk if BHP Billiton builds massive open cast coal mines deep inside this remarkable forest. An associated railway would open up even more of the rainforest to destructive mining.

Villagers living near BHP-Billiton’s first mine in the area have reported receiving a paltry half a UK penny per square metre for their customary forest which was taken by BHP Billiton.

But it’s not too late to stop this! BHP Billiton’s annual meeting will take place in London on 23 October and in Adelaide on 20 November. Take action by sending BHP Billiton a strong message: no forest destruction for coal!

Take action now to call on BHP Billiton to put a stop to this project and ensure the area’s permanent protection.


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