PNG government rethinking China mining deal after opposition

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2018

Papua New Guinea’s mining minister says the government is looking at changing parts of a mining deal struck with China.

In November, China and PNG signed a $US148 million memorandum of understanding to extend the Ramu nickel mine’s refinery in Madang’s Basamuk Bay.

But more than 1,000 locals are now threatening to shut down the Basamuk refinery if their demands aren’t met.

They want funding for a local highway extension and other local benefits from the Chinese developer, the Metallurgical Corporation of China.

The minister, Johnson Tuke, met with landowners on Tuesday and said he’s now raising their concerns with the company.

“There are some terms and conditions of the MoA might change and the treasury department are waiting on certain terms and conditions of the physical responsibilities too.”

The petitioners have given the government until 19 December to respond to their demands.

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One response to “PNG government rethinking China mining deal after opposition

  1. Aba damu - itie be

    PM is only interested in Chinese government funding Western pacific university in pangiap. Raicoast coastal highway connecting Morobe province boarder is a national highway. PM should ask MCC to counter fund this road so that people of Raicoast will benefit in one way or another thru SME activities. We say NO to expansion project . Connect us with bridges first starting from Astrolabe Bay LLG to Saidor LLG ending Wasu.

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