Australian listed Resource Mining Corporation wants to build a Ramu style nickel mine in inland Oro province with a slurry pipeline to the coast and a processing plant with toxic tailing dumped straight into the ocean.
RMC’s plans are revealed in its latest Annual Report.
The company is preparing a mining lease application for a high-grade nickel laetrile deposit at Wowo Gap where it has carried out extensive exploration. Wowo Gap is 35 km from Wanigela in Oro Province.
RMC has also applied for an additional tenement which will connect Wowo Gap to the Collingwood Bay coast.
The company, which operates under the name Niugini Nickel in PNG, says it is also preparing to develop road, power and port infrastructure for the mine – but needs to find an investment partner.
That partner is likely to come from China, where growth in the nickel market plus the minerals export ban in Indonesia, previously China’s main source of nickel laterite, has led to renewed interest in PNG’s nickel resources.
RMC already has strong ties to the Chinese market with Zhang Chi a non-executive director on its Board. He is graduate of Renmin University in China, is Managing Director of Sinom (Hong Kong) Limited and has very extensive experience in the Iron and Steel Industry in China where he previously worked for China’s largest steel maker, BaoSteel Group.
The Metallurgical Corporation of China already operates the Ramu nickel mine in Madang Province and the Basamuk refinery which pumps toxic tailings directly into the ocean. Another Chinese company, Zijin has recently acquired a 50% stake in Barrick’s Porgera mine.