Bougainville locals give thumbs up to RTG project; shares soar 83pc

RTG shares over the past month. Source:

Melissa Yeo | Stockhead | December 6, 2017

RTG Mining hit 52-week highs on Tuesday after the junior explorer got the green light from Bougainville locals to start work on its copper and gold mine.

The historic partnership, the first of its kind in 30 years, pushed RTG shares as high as 34.5c before they cooled to 28c — a gain of 83 per cent for the day.

Consent from the traditional land owners is required for the issue of any exploration licence on their customary land at the Panguna 1.5 billion tonne copper and gold project on the central island of Bougainville, a process which has historically escalated to wide-scale political unrest on the island.

The region has long been known for its copper and gold prospects, but disputes between regional residents and explorers such as Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) have marred production since the early 1970s.

Conflict between the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and Papua New Guinea Defence force escalated to a civil war in 1988 and took almost ten years to cease.

Now, the Autonomous Regional of Bougainville is seeking independence for its population of 250,000, with a target date of June15, 2019 set for a referendum on the topic.

They will be the ones to decide the fate of RTG’s application, now led by the traditional landowners, the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) and chairman Philip Miriori.

“We believe the proposal presented by the SMLOLA consortium represents a unique and once in a generational opportunity to responsibly re-open the Panguna Mine for the benefit of all Bougainvilleans,” the company told the market.

“RTG has always suggested that this is best achieved by discussion and negotiation with all relevant parties, including the ABG.”

In 2016, Rio’s subsidiary BCL was forced to abandon the mine in the face of attacks by rebels, transferring its take to the provincial and national governments at no cost.



Filed under Financial returns, Mine construction, Papua New Guinea

2 responses to “Bougainville locals give thumbs up to RTG project; shares soar 83pc

  1. Nigel Tribolet

    Abandon in 2016….rebel attacks in 2016… need to get the fact stated correctly with no ambiguity.

    Nigel Tribolet


  2. Daniel Darume

    RE-THINK of These Key Areas First: HAPPENED IN THE PAST
    1: Destruction -Environment -Both Human and Natural Resources
    2; EXPLOITATION -Natural Resources and Human Resources
    3: POLLUTION -Evironment -Water, Forest, Land, Human Live
    4: Salary & WAGE- SLAVE WAGE
    5: CIVIL WAR-
    6: Logging
    THESE KEY AREAS COST BILLIONS EACH…If anyone or any company wants to re-open the Panguna Mine..PAY FIRST the ABOVE INCIDENTS cause they’ve been happened in the past..Don’t pay them with the income of the second operation.. Please, LEADERS of Bougainville, think about it wisely…We lost so much Natural Resources So Far and most of them UNPAID..
    YES, they are paying some money to Bougainvilleans this day/s “BUT” they are not ENOUGH..They exploited so much in the past…Both MINERALS, FOREST and Human Resource with the slave wage…


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