Will Papua New Guinea allow another mine to dump toxic tailings in the sea?

Landowners have previously opposed marine waste dumping in Papua New Guinea

Harmony Gold and Newcrest investigating marine waste dumping for Wafi-Golpu

Mining Review | 7 November 2017

The Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture parties continued to progress activity in line with the forward work plan previously communicated, including engagement with the PNG Government on the application for a Special Mining Lease (SML) for the Wafi-Golpu project.

The current study work is focused on assessing internally-generated power options, developing deep-sea tailings placement options to compare with terrestrial tailings storage options, and reassessing block cave levels and increased mining rates due to increased knowledge obtained from further drilling undertaken during the year.

The Joint Venture parties are targeting a complete update of the feasibility study by the end of the March 2018 quarter. The focus of this work is to further optimise the business case and confirm any amendments necessary to the supporting documents for the SML application.

Timing of first production is dependent on the updated study outcomes and the granting of the SML.

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Filed under Environmental impact, Human rights, Papua New Guinea

One response to “Will Papua New Guinea allow another mine to dump toxic tailings in the sea?

  1. Chris Tumi

    Company supported or funded feasibility studies are usually bias and always in support of the company. The idea of deep sea dumping in the waters of Morobe must be completely ignored. Morobe Waters hold rich fauna (especially deep water snappers) at depths of 200 to 400 metres and having tailings outlet at very much the same depth range would be a disaster to the local fishers of Morobe.

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