Papua New Guinea government and Barrick Gold outline competing visions for Porgera

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Prime Minister James Marape and Barrick Gold have offered two competing visions for the reopening of the Porgera gold mine. With the mine closed and court cases ongoing, the latter is highlighting the impact on business and the community.

In brief: Papua New Guinea confirms six new cases of COVID-19 and other business stories

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Papua New Guinea’s COVID-19 cases on the rise, Twinza Oil commences negotiations on Pasca-A, and K135 million for agriculture. The business news you need to kickstart your week.

Tools down: Papua New Guinea’s Porgera gold mine starts sacking workers

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Barrick Niugini, the majority owner and operator of the Porgera gold mine, has announced that it will be retrenching most of its workforce over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea’s government seems intent of finding a new operator for the mine.

Porgera: Barrick can challenge decision to end mining lease

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Papua New Guinea’s National Court has granted Barrick Niugini leave for a review of the decision not to extend the Special Mining Lease for the Porgera gold mine. Related disputes have also arisen, and the Prime Minister has flagged ‘minor amendments’ to PNG’s Mining Act.

Reconsidering Porgera: Papua New Guinea’s industry bodies urge government to negotiate

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Papua New Guinea’s government is coming under intense pressure to renegotiate the Special Mining Lease for the Porgera gold mine, which it refused to extend in April. Multiple industry bodies have urged the government to urgently negotiate with the mine’s joint venture operators, Barrick Gold and Zijin Mining, pointing to extreme economic stress.

In brief: Barrick removes Porgera mine’s production from guidance and other business stories

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Porgera mine output is removed from Barrick’s full year guidance, Westpac announces new division for Westpac Pacific and Australia and New Zealand agree on a ‘trans-Tasman COVID-safe’ travel zone. The business news you need to kick-start your week.

Court challenge: Marape forced to rethink Porgera decision by courts

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The decision by the Marape-Steven government not to extend the Special Mining Lease on the Porgera gold mine is headed for the courts after the National Court of Justice at Waigani ordered both parties to have discussions to resolve the matter.

In brief: Oil Search still keen on P’nyang gas project and other business stories

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S&P Global Rating lowers Papua New Guinea’s sovereign credit rating, Zijing Mining sends letter to Prime Minister Marape and PNG DataCo lands the Kumul Submarine Cable in Kavieng. The business news you need to kickstart your week.

Porgera fallout: Prime Minister moves to reassure Papua New Guinea’s miners

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Prime Minister James Marape moves to allays concerns among Papua New Guinea’s mining companies following the decision not to renew the special mining lease for the Porgera gold mine. Meanwhile, the mine’s temporary closure is already affecting local business.

‘Nationalisation without due process’? Barrick Gold to take on Papua New Guinea government over Porgera decision

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The Papua New Guinea Government has announced that it will not renew the existing Special Mining Lease at the Porgera gold mine, which is operated by Barrick Gold. Barrick is set to challenge the decision.