Sally Pokiton | Loop PNG | April 23, 2018
A decision for the non-renewal of exploration licence to Bougainville Copper Limited will be reviewed by the National Court in May.
The decision made on 16 January 2018 by the Autonomous Bougainville Government has been stayed by the court since April 10, pending the substantive hearing.
It was stayed after leave was granted by Justice Leka Nablu of the Waigani National Court.
Parties in the case, including another interested party, appeared before the National Court today (April 23).
The case will return to court on May 10.
BCL applied for the renewal of its exploration licence on 6 May 2016 from the Department of Mineral and Energy Resources of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
On 16 January 2018, BCL was informed that the exploration licence will not be renewed. BCL believes there were flaws in the process and wants the decision to undergo judicial review.