Frieda River mine set to start operations
[the Post Courier loves a misleading headline!]
Post Courier | March 09, 2017
The giant Frieda River mine in West Sepik is now 60 percent ready of becoming a reality with the National Government waiting to issue the mining license for the project to start after few technical issues are sorted out, says Aitape Lumi MP and Minister for Treasury Patrick Pruaitch.
“Frieda River is 60 per cent reality now, we are ready to issue the license. We just need to work through with the technical people to on how they will dump the raw waste.”
“The company has put an application to convert mine waste into power generation system , but the State does not have the capacity so it is doing its best to hire people to give the best advice on how we can look at that and we can give the okay for that 40 per cent to be completed, for 100 per cent to give the mining license for project to start,” Mr Pruaitch said.
Mr Pruaitch said this at the opening of the first ever Frieda Mine Landowners Forum underway in Port Moresby’s Crowne Plaza Hotel that started yesterday and will end today.
Mr Pruaitch urged the people to work together and put together their benefits package for the National Government to consider during the project negotiation.
” Let us not send mix signals, it will give opportunity for company to go divide a few LLGs and MP’s to start the mine with the least cost possible so we can bring in impacted development for that region,
“I believe that is a big project that will transform Sandaun Province and Sepik region including Madang. This project will spread benefits across the region.”
YUP, JUST LIKE OK TEDI HAS TRANSFORMED WESTERN PROVINCE; LIHIR HAS TRANSFORMED NEW IRELAND; PORGERA HAS TRANSFORMED ENGA; AND THE LNG HAS TRANSFORMED HELA PROVINCE
HOW ARE OUR POLITICIANS STILL ABLE TO SPOUT THIS NONSENSE AND NOT GET LOCKED UP IN LALOKI PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL?
OR MAYBE WE NEED TO CHANGE THE LAW TO MAKE PEDDLING FALSE CLAIMS AND PRAYING ON PEOPLES DESPERATION BECAUSE THEIR GOVT HAS FAILED THEM A CRIMINAL OFFENCE?
“I want initial support from landowners because if we don’t have a project, we will not talk about benefits. We have to have a project, we have to get a leg in and another one in than we can be able to negotiate for the benefits. If we are not supporting the project than we can be standing here as leaders driving a lost cost, we must have a project, we must have shareholding understanding with impacted landowners, we must have understanding with the Telefomin district, we must have that understanding with the Telefomin LLG and sandaun Provincial Government.”
“I want Frieda mine which is going to be the first mining for the next government to use LNG precedent to allocate these benefits.”
Landowners to discuss benefits amongst others
FRIEDA Mine landowners have come together to discuss issues including benefits for negotiations with the National Government and developer PanAust when Frieda Mine project comes into development.
Member for Telefomin Solan Mirisim who initiated the first ever landowner forum to discuss issues surrounding the Frieda River Project, the Political Leaders from the West Sepik Province. MRA and stake holders emphasised on how best they can work hand in hand and support the Company, landowners and the State to kick start the Project once the SM application is granted.
“I stand up here representing the views, the cries and the excitement of over 50,000 people from Telefomin District, including people from ward 21, particularly the seven impact Villages within the vicinity of Special Mine Lease area.”
Mr Mirisim said Telefomin is the host District of the Frieda River Project and is one of the most remotest districts in the country that has no road link, only mode of transport is by Air and the four LLG are all accessible by third level airline and it is very expensive District to deliver goods and services to our people on time.
“Frieda River Project is the only Project in this country that has taken over 40 years of exploration after exploration, I must take this time to thank many exploration companies who have worked on the Frieda River Project for many years to this time, it is long time awaiting for our People in Frieda River and Telefomin District.”
“I would like to thank the Highlands Pacific and the PanAust for taking the project closer to fruition. One final step to finish and we will have a world class Mine that will be mined and developed in our District which will no doubt create prime opportunity to impact and transform the lives of our people through employment, training, economic empowerment, contracts and all kinds.
“We want to see a Pathway that will improve our way of life, a pathway that will change the areas of Infrastructure, a pathway that will see a society transformed with Improved Social and Health Indicators.