Shocking photographs reveal that the slurry pipeline for the Ramu nickel mine is already failing – only 18 months after it was constructed and before the mine has even gone into production.
The 134km pipeline is meant to transport millions of tons of mined ore every year from the mine site at Kurumbukari to the coast at Basamuk – where it will be processed and the toxic tailings dumped into the sea. But the pillars supporting the pipeline are collapsing – necessitating remedial work which looks to be of similar shoddy nature to the original construction.
Two months ago PNG’s Inspector of Mines shut down all work at the Basamuk refinery over health and safety concerns which took the mine owners, MCC and Highlands Pacific, two months to rectify. MCC is a Chinese state owned enterprise and the Chinese mining industry has an appalling health and safety and environmental record.
It is maybe time for the Inspector of Mines to go and take a look at the slurry pipeline….