Merolyn Ten | Post Courier
PORGERA Gold Mine in Enga Province has resumed operations at its milling and processing plants following 16 days of partial shutdown due to the recent dry weather condition.
In the latest months of severe dry weather periodS, water have run very low causing the mine to shutdown its milling and processing plants just to conserve supply.
The milling and processing plants that depend intensively on water to perform production activities at the mine were only affected, said operator Barrick (Niugini) Limited.
However, after 16 days of partial closure, the water levels at the dam at Waile Creek reached sufficient levels to start operating the plants. As the latest mine in the Asia-Pacific to be disrupted by the El Nino-driven drought, it is confirmed now that the mine is on full operations. The mine workforce arrangements were not affected as a result of the partial shutdown.
According to Barrick, the temporary shutdown only affected the milling and processing plants while all other operations at the mine were continuing as usual.
During the shutdown period, the company used the opportunity to bring forward maintenance work that would have occurred at a later date. This work was completed without any complications.
With the resumption of the milling and processing, operations at the mine remain on track to meet this year’s operational targets.
Barrick (Niugini) Limited is a company incorporated in Papua New Guinea, and operates the Porgera Gold Mine in Enga Province on behalf of the Porgera Joint Venture partners.
BNL is an independently managed company and is jointly owned through an equal partnership between Barrick Gold and Zijin Mining Group.
The Porgera Gold Mine employs more than 2500 Papua New Guineans, and over the life of the mine it has contributed about 10 per cent of PNG’s total annual exports.