Nautilus treats landowners like fools and idiots

These giant machines will crawl across the ocean floor, tearing up the seabed in a strip mining operation and Nautilus expects us to believe there will be zero impact!

Our politicians may have been idiots to agree to this crazy experiment but Nautilus should not treat all Papua New Guineans as ignorant fools!!! 

Deep sea mining to have zero impact: Nautilus

Cedric Patjole | PNG Loop | September 28, 2017

Nautilus Minerals has boldly stated that Solwara 1 Deep Sea Mine will have zero impact on marine life and coastal communities in New Ireland Province.

This was affirmed during a site tour of Nautilus’s Sea Floor Productions Tools outside Port Moresby (SPT) by local leaders from New Ireland Province.

Nautilus said the technology employed for the project did not require explosives or chemicals and are confident there will not be any environmental impact.

Several local and provincial leaders from New Ireland Province, arrived in Port Moresby on Monday to see first hand the sea floor Production Tools being tested at Motukea Island outside the capital city.

The tour is part of Natuilus’s continuous effort to educate leaders and New Irelanders about the operation of the SPT’s which they assured will have no impact on the marine life and coastal villages.

Nautilus Vice President of PNG Operations, Adam Wright, gave a presentation about how the mining operations will be carried out, highlighting the technology used that will avoid any adverse impact.

“There will be no impact on the fish, there will be no impact on the reef and on the coastal communities,” said Wright.

The leaders had a close look at SPT’s which will be used on the sea floor of the Solwara 1 Project.

They included the bulk cutter (BC) and collecting machine (CM). The auxiliary cutter (AC), the third in Nautilus;s arsenal, was undergoing live tests while a tour of the control room was also included.

One local leader said after the tour that while they appreciate Nautilus’s efforts in educating them on how their operations will not affect the livelihoods of the people, he said they are still unsure but will only see the outcome.

He added they have agreements and understandings in place to ensure Nautilus carry’s out its business with the interest of the people at heart.

“Gavman givim tok orait pinins lo displa mine so mipla bai lukluk tasol. But yes mipla gat ol disla (agreements) where bai mipla toktok long em,” said John Ezra of Ward Four Namatanai LLG.

While the Mining Lease for the project had been branted [sic] in 2011, production equipment for the project is still in development.

While tests on the SPT’s are still underway , the ‘Riser and Lifting System (RALS) has just been completed and undergoing assessments while the mssive Production and Support Vessel (PSV) is still in development.

Nautilus expects first shipment from Solwara 1 Mine to begin in 18 months time after putting the project together for the last 10 years.



Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

6 responses to “Nautilus treats landowners like fools and idiots

  1. Joseph Espi

    I see development of major mineral and petroleum projects staged within 5-10 years, coinciding with the political cycle. These are strategic resources that need to be planned for development and actual production over 20-40 years to compliment our our sustainable/renewal sectors (eg, agriculture) that the are yet to be well-developed and self-financing.

    Potential or promised benefits (under any MOA) from project proponents and national government do not materialize on time. But landowners still agree because they are placed in best hotels in Port Moresby, Australia, Singapore and Fiji amongt others. This is accompanied by good allowances and personalized services.

    I think Solwara 1 Project is one such project. With a mine life of 3 years, one would wonder about the actual costs involved in constructing new equipment. Any capital cost will be recovered each year and within three years unless additional ore zones are delineated.

    Of course, metal-bearing chimneys are assessed to be dead and do not host any deep sea organism. However, some research projects (eg, by Associate Professor R. Mana of University of PNG) indicate otherwise. Physical disturbance of chimneys and sea (eg, velocity) will surely impact organisms in mine site, project area and adjoining environment. Let us relate this scenario to food web/chain, which may daylight some potential impacts.

    Having 15% equity in the project places the State in a very difficult situation – the State will not better regulate specific components of the project via MRA and CEPA.

    Having a Development Plan of our Strategic Resources and link it to our SDP 2010-2030 and Vision 2050 may be a step forward.

  2. Kenneth Unamba

    People keep on crying foul over Nautilus’s Deep Sea Mining Project without having a blink of an eye on millions and millions of tons of toxic waste and taillings directly dumped into the rivers and the sea next to human habitation by giants like OkTedi, Porgera, Lihir, Ramu and then Bougainville for over tens of years. We need people to be educated on the real impacts of all terrestrial mining and its impact on people and the environment and compare their footprint verses Nautilus’s planned operations before jumping the gun and making uninformed judgments.

    • Interested observer

      Great comment. And the ones who protest the loudest are the ones who want to drive in vehicles made out of metal, communicate on devices made out of metal, send messages and other communication on cables made out of metal – need I go on. No one wants the impacts of mining for metals but everyone wants the products made from metal and the convenience facilitated by metals – go figure.
      I guess they all hanker for traditional life – LOL! And this blog will close because the refuse to use metals. Not Likely – they would not have a job.

  3. Gee Mail

    Ban plastics first then you can talk about banning seabed mining. These guys will do far less damage to the ecosystem than the current toxic soup of plastic bags, dirty nappies, raw sewerage, and coke bottle filled with buai spit that we chuck into the sea on a daily basis!

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  5. Richard Manfredi

    Common sense says no more damage than periodic under sea volcanic eruptions , sea bed floor volcanic venting , and passing hurricanes.
    The rare organisms are a far more interesting question .Where do they come from ? Are they floating in the ocean waiting to find a “good environment ” to proliferate ? Are they ejected when the vent forms ? When a vent “dies” do they drift off to find a new vent ?In each of these cases , they seem to be around ,and extremely hardly.
    Will sea bed mining promote new vent formation ?

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