Barrick’s Porgera Lease Renewal On Halt

Yombi Kep | Post Courier | November 21, 2018

A court order issued by the National Court has restrained the State and the Registrar of Tenements from granting the renewal of the Special Mining Lease to Barrick Niugini in Engal Province.

The State and Stanley Nekitel, in his capacity as Registrar of Tenements, were ordered by the National Court last Thursday, November 15, not to grant Barrick Niugini, in its capacity as the manager of the Porgera Joint Venture, a renewal until the plaintiffs notion of motion filed on Oct 31 was.

“Pursuant to Section 155(4) of the Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Order 12 Rule 1 and or Order 14 Rule 10 of the National Court Rules, until the determination of the Plaintiffs’ notice of motion filed on 31 Oct, 2018, the first and second defendants, including their servants, employees and agents (howsoever described), are forthwith restrained by injunction from granting, making or otherwise giving effect to any final determination on the application to renew the mining tenement the subject of this proceeding, being Special Mining Lease 1(P) held by or on behalf of the participants in the Porgera Joint Venture.”

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