Women in rural Papua New Guinea are keen to engage in agribusiness but many have traditionally struggled to take leadership roles. That is beginning to change, Curtin University researcher Dr Gina Koczberski tells Business Advantage PNG.
‘Six month farmers’ are a big problem in Papua New Guinea’s coffee industry Tom Kukhang, the Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC’s) Chief Scientist tells Business Advantage PNG. But there is a solution.
K92 Mining is preparing for its first export of gold concentrate from Kainantu mine and plans to ramp up to full production around April this year, company Chief Operating Officer, John Lewins tells Business Advantage PNG.
Opportunities exist for brownfield expansion at the Hidden Valley mine, Johannes van Heerden, Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Asia for Harmony Gold, tells Business Advantage PNG. He believes this gives the company a competitive advantage in the region.
Production at Crater Mountain’s High Grade Zone provided junior mining company Crater Gold Mining with the stability it needed throughout difficult market conditions and provided capacity for exploration. Managing Director Russ Parker tells Business Advantage PNG the past few years have been extraordinarily difficult for junior explorers to raise capital to exploit their assets.
While market conditions continue to challenge junior mining companies working in Papua New Guinea, some small mining companies such as Gold Mountain and Frontier Resources are experiencing encouraging results from their exploration programs in the country.
Ongoing uncertainty in the resources sector has led Nautilus Minerals to seek refinancing to secure the delivery of its Solwara 1 mining project, located in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Sea. President and CEO Michael Johnston tells Business Advantage PNG there will be a delay in the delivery of the project.
In a bid to promote skills formation in Papua New Guinea’s LNG sector Kumul Petroleum Academy, trading as South Pacific Employment Institute (SPEI), has signed a K9 million technician development agreement with ExxonMobil PNG.
St Barbara recently announced that gold production from its Simberi mine in New Ireland rose by 39 per cent in the year to June: exceeding ‘the upper end of guidance.’ Managing Director Bob Vassie tells Business Advantage PNG that the company is looking to explore more in Papua New Guinea.
ExxonMobil PNG may have trumped Oil Search’s bid for InterOil Corporation, but Papua New Guinea’s largest company will still benefit from the US major’s US$2.3 billion bid, according to Oil Search’s Managing Director Peter Botten. He tells Business Advantage PNG that the bid by ExxonMobil delivers most of the benefits of Oil Search’s take over offer and pushes the ‘cooperation agenda’.