Ramu pipeline moved by floods

Dramatic pictures from the Rai Coast in Madang show how recent floods have exposed and moved the Ramu nickel mine’s slurry pipeline.

MCC are now trying to cover the exposed pipeline with river silt

MCC are now trying to cover the exposed pipeline with river silt

The controversial pipeline has been frequently criticized for its poor construction and worries about its safety.

Recent heavy rain and floods have dug up and exposed about 200m of the previously buried pipeline where it crosses the Gawar river. The flood waters have then pushed the pipeline 5 meters across the ground, felling coconut trees.

The pipeline has moved across the ground felling coconut trees

The pipeline has moved across the ground felling coconut trees

The exposed pipeline is now resting just meters from the nearest hamlet and not far from the Rai Coast High School.

MCC, the Chinese company operating the Ramu mine, is now on site trying to coverup the pipeline with river silt.

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The exposed pipeline now rests just meters away from people’s homes

5 Comments

Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Mine construction, Papua New Guinea

5 responses to “Ramu pipeline moved by floods

  1. joshuaGEN

    I wonder if that was factored in their ‘pre’ studies or was it? Come on DEC and others, was MCC’s studies ‘dissected’ or just ‘skimmed’ through? it’s just the first year and the pipes are moving, whats next?????

  2. Wesely

    Its almost as if the pipeline has a mind of its own.
    My god!
    It’s alive and trying to escape!

  3. Joseph Sangam

    That alone should have the Government very concerned…that is if it is really for the people of the beautiful Papua New Guinea..

  4. gori

    The whole pipeline layout is substandard. A major one is bound to happen on the highway

  5. JamesP

    The engineering and civil works to secure this pipe structure during heavy wet season conditions needs to be reviewed. What contingencies are in place for a ruptured pipe and will it contain a certain environmental disaster? I doubt it..

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