Mining

February 2014

Cobalt in Cooks awaits exploitation

Dionisia Tabureguci

This year could be a defining year for seabed minerals in Cook Islands.

November 2013

Deep sea mining or fisheries?

Anouk Ride & Chelcia Gomese

As interest in deep sea mining grows, one question that comes up time and time again is what impact would deep sea mining have on fisheries? Deep sea mining is a new industry as opposed to fisheries, which has long been a leading source of government income, exports, jobs and ...

People must decide about mining, delegates told

Ken Lewis
Mon 11 Nov 2013 -

“Why do we need to base our economy on mining,” asked the Premier of Isabel, James Habu, of more than 150 delegates gathered for the opening of the Isabel Forum on Mining in Buala, Solomon Islands today. Premier Habu said he could not answer the question, but that it was ...

October 2013

Ok Tedi natonalisation, biggest ever legal challenge?

Rowan Callick

The Papua New Guinea government on September 18 nationalised through parliament the vast Ok Tedi copper-gold mine by 62 votes to none—a move which is expected to trigger the country’s biggest ever legal challenge.

June 2013

Landowner revolution or government power grab?

PNG Mine Watch*

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has announced that its draft mining legislation is a world-first attempt to recognise customary rights to minerals resources. But this claim does not hold up to serious scrutiny…

Sea-bed mining–riches or regrets?

Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa*

Pacific islands are set to become the global frontier for a new industry—the mining of minerals from the seabed. The industry carries plenty of potential for controversy, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone familiar with mining on land, in our region and elsewhere. How much of the proceeds ...

A reality or illusion for the islands?

Anouk Ride

While PNG made news for being the first country in the world to issue a licence for deep-sea mining, more and more Pacific Islands countries are getting approaches from companies interested in exploration and exploitation of deep-sea minerals. The questions that arise are—what are the risks? What are the benefits? ...

Panguna mine talk opposed: Self-styled leader

Tue 19 Mar 2013 -

BUKA, PNG ---Arawa-based self-styled Me’ekamui general Chris Uma has bluntly told the Post Courier news paper that Panguna Mine is non-negotiable till after referendum and Independence.

June 2012

PNG LNG project on schedule, investors assured

Davendra Sharma

When you launch a mega-size project of US$15.7 billion, you can expect snag after snag before it takes off. The project with a potential to rake in billions of kina in two years into the developing economy of Papua New Guinea has been no exception.

July 2012

Nautilus/PNG continue talks

Patrick Matbob

Discussions between Nautilus Minerals and the state of PNG have failed to resolve a dispute that has halted the progress of experimental Solwara 1 seabed mining in PNG waters.

The gold rush is on

Alfred Sasako

Gold discovery in Solomon Islands goes back more than 440 years. The yellow stuff was first discovered in 1568 when Spanish explorer Alvaro de Mendana de Neyra arrived at the major island in the nation, Guadalcanal, and named the group Solomon Islands after the King of Israel who had built ...

Gold Ridge: A saviour or nightmare?

Alfred Sasako

It was 6pm on a day in March 1996. And Kevin Riria Malopo, a landowner at Gold Ridge, Solomons’ only commercial gold mine outside the capital Honiara, remembers it well.

September 2012

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going

Davendra Sharma

Not all mineral prices suffered as much hiding as nickel did in the wake of the global financial recession of the last four years.

February 2013

Selling nickel to Asia

Nic Maclellan

New Caledonia’s nickel industry is being transformed as new joint ventures and exports to Asia challenge France’s control of the strategic minerals sector.

PNG PM cold on OK Tedi mine issue

THE NATIONAL
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG (THE NATIONAL) ---- Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he will not be pushed by either BHP or PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) into extending the mine life for Ok Tedi mine.

February 2013

Australia/PNG see-saw relationship

Rowan Callick

After a few years when Papua New Guinea and its neighbour and former coloniser Australia seemed to have drifted apart, recently the relationship has intensified immensely.

PNG MP pushes for deep sea mining project

THE NATIONAL
Fri 01 Feb 2013 -

PORT MORESBY, PNG (THE NATIONAL) --- POMIO MP Paul Tiensten has called on the government and the people to support deep sea mining in the New Britain waters.

March 2012

Newcrest hits a snag in proposed Fiji mine

Samisoni Pareti

Plans by Australia’s top miner Newcrest to mine copper and gold in Fiji has hit a snag due to agitation by landowners.

December 2012

Highly robust economic project’ hits snags

Davendra Sharma

Costs up. Foreign dollars up. Forecast profits up. Landowner issues up. Work stoppages up. What’s next for the region’s biggest ever single commercial project as it nears its last quarter of completion in Papua New Guinea?