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Zifasing community dispute MMJV claims of consent to Wafi-Golpu pipeline



The Zifasing people in Morobe Province are accusing Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining of lying over claims (see media story below) they have consented to the laying of a pipeline and access road for the Wafi-Golpu mine across their land. 

Kenn Mondiai

Another TWISTING of the TRUTH by the use of the Media !!!

The MAJORITY of the Zifasing Clans & Community never attended the MRA Warden’s Hearing on the 23/11/2016 (13:00pm) at Zifasing Ward 19 Wampar LLG regarding SML for Wafi Glopu to give their approval, they never agreed to the access road or the pipeline passing through their land. 

The gazetted location was “Zifasing Community Hall”, but there is no such place at Zifasing. The common and known traditional meeting place at Zifasing is the Community Meeting Place in the centre of village under the mango trees.

Instead the Warden’s Hearing was held outside and away at a Hall build by politicians far from the village centre (traditional meeting place) with a few people without ALL CLAN LEADERS & WARD 19 COUNCILLOR.

The Mining Advisory Council (MAC) should know the TRUTH !!!

Community agrees to pipeline proposal
Pisai Gumar | The National aka The Loggers Times | 25 November 2016
THE Zifasing community in Huon Gulf, Morobe agreed this week to let Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV)* build an access pipeline through their land.
The pipeline from the interior Wafi-Golpu project site is anticipated to cross over the Watut and Markham rivers and run through clan land in Wampar before reaching the Lae main wharf.
Based on an MMJV mining engineering plan and the Mining Act section 108, Special Mining Lease (SML) 10 caters for mining easement 91 (ME 91) pipeline and mining easement 93 (ME 93) northern access road.
Zifasing village land mobilisation chairman Nathan Aquila told Chief Mining Warden Andrew Gunua and MMJV community affairs manager David Masani said that the entire community agreed to this pipeline proposal.
Aquila also asked whether it would be possible for MMJV to build a pump station on customary land instead of the Markham Farm, which was a State lease. Masani told Aquila that the decision to build a pump station was based on the mining engineering plan but the nature and magnitude of the operation at Wafi-Golpu would determine if there would be need be expand onto customary land in future.
Gunua and Kevin Gamenu from the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) are conducting the warden hearings with landowners at Yanta and Hengabu from Mumeng, Bulolo, Babuaf and others anticipated to be impacted by the mine pipeline and access road.
Masani told the villagers that the 32 km road would start from the interior project site and cross the major Watut and Markham rivers as well as the three small creeks.
Meanwhile, Saab-Babuaf clans from Mare and Chiatz villages interjected and raised concern over the course of the pipeline from Wafi across Watut.
They said the pipeline would encroach on their land so they would like to know the full extent of the environmental impacts.

* Harmony Gold and Newcrest Mining are the owners of Morobe Mining Joint Venture



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Sam Basil becomes a mining convert despite social and environmental impacts

MP Sam Basil made his reputation opposing the environmental destruction caused by the Hidden Valley mine but now seems converted to a model of development that drives a bulldozer through PNG’s Constitutional goals and means inevitable suffering for rural people… Seems our leaders always get diverted by the smell of money!

Bulolo District involves in Mining


The district administration of Bulolo is venturing into mining by directly involving as a big player in the shareholding stakes.

The Bulolo District Development Authority has been granted two mining exploration licenses and is now holding talks to engage two overseas mining companies to partner it.

Bulolo MP and Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, says they want to benefit more from their mineral resources and sees this as a good opportunity to maximize their benefits under the enabling powers of the authority to do business.

He says, Wau and Bulolo towns have not changed a decade on since the Hidden Valley mine began operation.
Mr. Basil says this is because its revenues are shared between the developer, the national and provincial governments, leaving the electorate with nothing.

Basil says being a mining area, his district government wants to exploit their own wealth by taking a bigger shareholder stake in the venture.

The two licenses covers exploration in Bulldog and Waria.


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Small-scale mining could deliver K1 billion in revenue

Small scale miner in PNG granted license


SMALL Scale Mining activities in Wau/Bulolo district of Morobe Province have contributed K4 million to the Government in terms of revenue.

wauMineral Resources Authority (MRA) Small Scale Mining branch manager Al Comparativo told small scale miners when presenting mining lease licenses to lease holders at Misis Booth near Wau last Saturday.

Mr Comparativo said the revenue should increase to K1 billion through approved mining licences.

The lease license number 270-277 was handed over to the mining lease holder Westie Awiong.

“I congratulate Awiong for being granted a mining licence by MRA to conduct proper mining operations after meeting all the small scale mining lease requirements.

“There are more than 124 mining licence applications waiting to be processed by MRA and four (4) mining licences had been granted. Three lease holders are from Wau in Morobe and one from Milne Bay Province,” he said.

Comparativo said the process of acquiring a mining lease is long and the mining lease holder must meet all the regulatory requirements by submitting a detailed survey report, development plan, compensation, environmental plan and financial capacity reports and submit it to MRA for its screening and approval.

He explained that Mr Awiong had met all the requirements and had been granted the mining licence by MRA to conduct mining operations at the ML 270-277 at Misis Booth in Wau.

The Philippine graduate geologist who spent 17 years in PNG said Wau/Bulolo had a long mining history during the colonial era and it should be restored back to its former glory as the leading and historical mining town in PNG, now and into the future.

Mining lease holder Mr Awiong thanked MRA for granting him the mining licence and also his partner Wabu Alluvial Mining Ltd for entering into a joint venture partnership agreement with him to help to get the alluvial mining project off the ground in Wau.

“I am grateful and honoured and thank MRA and JV partner Wabu Alluvial Mining Ltd for providing financial assistance to get this project off the ground,” a delighted Awiong said.

“I also encourage other small scale mining lease holders in Wau/Bulolo to follow the legal process to obtain the mining licence to venture into mining operations.”

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Alluvial mining helps rural families


Bustin Anzu | PNG Loop

Mimingo Aaron left his Kapo village in Menyamya in Morobe Province almost 10 years ago with her family in search of a better life.

The roads were not reachable and the government services were hard to come.

But like other ordinary Papua New Guineans, they want a lifestyle that is enjoyable and easily accessible.

She and her husband Aaron decided to join their wantoks at Fine Top village, just near Bulolo town.

There, they fitted in well with their wantoks. The school was just down the road.

When one of her nine children is sick, she can quickly rush them to the Bulolo Hospital.

She can also travel to Lae city in the morning to buy her goodies and return home to Fine Top village the same day.

Money was easy to find through alluvial mining daily.

She said at first, she find it difficult to pan the dishes for gold dust. She learned the skills quickly and weeks later it was just another daily chore.

Two of her eldest children attend the nearby Fine Top Primary School. The others helped her with the gold penning.

Mimingo said she collects close to a K100 worth of gold dust daily.

“I collect close to K100 daily. I come back the next day and collect the same amount.

“I collect the whole grams and sell them to the local black market,” she said with a smile.

The happy hard working mother said the money is enough to feed her family and to provide for other basic needs like school fees for children, clothing, buy store foods and PMV fares to Lae city.

She said this is better for the family then staying at her Kapo village back at Menyamya where roads to basic government services is in accessible.

Mimingo said while she is busy penning the gold, her husband Aaron stays home and helps to look after their 12-months-old daughter.

After this interview with PNG Loop, Mimingo returned to the dirty Bulolo River to continue with her daily chore of penning for gold.

Husband Aaron said this is part of their life, which makes their life easier.

He said this is better than nothing if they were at their village in rural Menyamya.

Children in the area also take part in alluvial gold mining along the banks of Bulolo River.

Other villagers are also doing the same, penning the gold on this festive season.

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Harmony Gold’s Golpu Project moves to feasibility


Zacks Equity Research

Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited announced that its board has approved the updated prefeasibility study (PFS) of the Golpu Project in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and has also agreed to move the project to feasibility study stage.

The updated prefeasibility study covers the first stage (Stage 1) of Golpu’s development, which targets the upper higher value portion of the orebody.  The Stage 1 project capital on a 100% basis is estimated at $2.3 billion, and is expected to yield an attractive return on investment with an internal rate of return of 17%. In order to support the feasibility study, the updated prefeasibility study proposes the development of twin exploration declines to establish further geotechnical and geological data. A decision on the declines is expected in first-half 2015.

Work will continue on optimizing a second stage mine development (Stage 2), which will include the rest of the ore reserves. The feasibility study for the first stage and the updated prefeasibility study for the second stage of the project are expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Stage 1 is expected to have a life of roughly 27 years and the mining and processing infrastructure of Stage 1 would be utilized to support development of Stage 2.

According to Harmony, Golpu is a promising orebody which contains mineral resources of 20 million ounces of gold and 9.4 million tons of copper. Attributable annual production for Harmony averages at 500 000 gold equivalent ounces per year over 2024 to 2029.

Harmony stated that by lowering the capital of the project and operating costs and improving the rate of return, the primary objectives of the study have been achieved. The Golpu project has the potential to provide considerable benefits to local and regional communities and the broader economy of PNG, including local business opportunities, taxation and royalty revenues to all levels of government.

Both Harmony and Newcrest own 50% of the Golpu Project through the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture. Harmony plans to fund the earlier stages of the project from internal cash flows, and is reviewing other financing options for the latter stages.

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Newcrest eyes $US2.3bn Golpu mine


Dow Jones Newswires | The Australian

Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold Mining will carry out a feasibility study for a possible new gold mine in Papua New Guinea that they forecast will cost $US2.3 billion to begin building, and which they say could start producing metal by the end of the decade.

Newcrest, Australia’s largest listed gold miner, said Monday that the gold producers now plan to develop their Golpu deposit — part of the Wafi-Golpu project, located near Lae in the country’s Morobe Province — in two stages, the first targeting the higher-value part of the reserve.

Newcrest said its board had approved a feasibility study for the first stage of the project, and that work would continue on a pre-feasibility study for stage two–both of which it expects to be completed by the end of 2015.

The first stage of the project will cost about $US2.3bn to build, although is expected to require total capital expenditure of $US3.1bn over the proposed 27-year life of the mine, Newcrest said in a stock-exchange filing. Annual production is forecast to begin in 2020 and peak in 2025 at 320,000 troy ounces of gold and 150,000 metric tons of copper, the company said.

Newcrest and Harmony each have a 50 per cent interest in the project.

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Morobe rules out marine dumping of mine tailings

“Open seas tailing disposals will not be allowed and so every mining companies and various stakeholders must be mindful of how they manage their waste,”


Morobe Province rich in mineral resources 

Simon Keslep | Post Courier

Morobe Province is rich in mineral resources, a mining conference on exploration project updates within the province was told. Organised by the Mineral Resource Authority, the conference itself highlighted important key factors on how mineral exploration activities have been proven successful by various investors and local small scale mining companies.

Governor Kelly Naru said the province has had a long history in mining of gold, silver and copper and much of these minerals have supported both local economy and also within the international stoke exchange markets. He said with the first gold rush at Wau and Bulolo in the 1920s which made world news headlines, there proves to be airlift records and dredging operations along the Bulolo River apart from the purity of gold.

“We must consider and ask ourselves whether our social, community and environmental responsibilities are being prioritised as well in terms of having this mineral explorations,” said Mr Naru.

He said mining is a very tough business having huge costs of money on royalties, taxes, machines and even takes long hours of exploration and extractions. Mr Naru believes that with this toughness comes a common interest and responsibility to the people, environment and ecosystems that face effects of these mining activities.

According to Mr Naru the Morobe Provincial Government will support miners and mining companies through their responsibilities as mineral extractors and their waste disposal management strategies.

“Open seas tailing disposals will not be allowed and so every mining companies and various stakeholders must be mindful of how they manage their waste,” said Mr Naru.

Waste disposals issues being faced within the Markham River and even by the upper and lower Watut communities were strongly urged by governor Naru not to be repeated but sustainably managed, he said.

Companies who attended the conference include Pacific Niugini Minerals, Katana Iron and Morobe Mining Joint Venture in which they all a fully established at Wafi Golpu and Hidden valley joint venture and even Niuminco.

“Be responsible towards the environment and the people in the discharge of your duty and care,” said Mr Naru.

Mining activities has two sided aspects and so it includes the prospect benefits and even the down side effects on the people and the environment, he said.

Mr Naru said such conference is meaningful and strengthens the progress and partnership between all stakeholders including the government and the people to know exactly how mineral explorations have been carried out within the province.

With Lae being an industrial hub with booming economic activities, a lot has been said about getting the political, social and environmental conditions right so that the city and province can take advantage of the growth.


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