Mining minister seen as hindrance to Solomons exploration

Axiom drilling activity on Isabel Nickel Project. Photo: Supplied

Axiom drilling activity on Isabel Nickel Project. Photo: Supplied

Radio New Zealand | 27 February 2017

A Solomon Islands mining professional says more government support is needed to unlock the country’s significant mining potential.

This comes as reconstruction of the closed Gold Ridge gold mine in Guadalcanal was to begin within the fortnight.

A mining engineer and exploration geologist, Desmond Sese, said the island has other promising deposits.

“The only hindrance we have now is the government not really supporting the mining industry. But in Guadalcanal, I’ll say there’s huge potential geologically,” Desmond Sese said.

Mr Sese is involved with Guadalcanal Exploration, a subsidiary of SolGold, whose application for an exploration permit at Kuma on Guadalcanal was still pending.

He said the Mines and Minerals board approved the permit in 2015, but that the minister was yet to sign off on it.

Political interference, according to Mr Sese, was holding the local mining scene back.

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2 responses to “Mining minister seen as hindrance to Solomons exploration

  1. The mining engineer and exploration geologist, Desmond Sese, according to his Linkedin page has been an Exploration Manager for 2 years. He is a
    Qualified Mining Mining Engineer with strong Geological background. He has been On a Management Role within a very short but colourful track record of only 3 years as Exploration Geologist. He states that he has “found A GoldCopper orebody in Koloula, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands to be Drilled in November 2012”.
    Research shows, that “Geochemistry, geochronology and fluid inclusion studies of prophyry copper mineralization at the Koloula igneous complex, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands” were written by Chivas, A. R. (Allan Ross)
    School of Geosciences, University of Sydney in 1977.
    https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/5012
    Seems Desmond Sese is under contract and employed by Solgold plc, which is based in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia.
    So another Australian mining company doing it’s best to exploit not only Desmond Sese, but the people of the Solomon Islands and their environment.

  2. Moses

    The Stone Age is yours to enjoy, ya dopey p***k.

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