PM Hon Marape Witnesses First Gold Pour at Porgera Mine

PM Hon Marape Witnesses First Gold Pour at Porgera Mine

Prime Minister Hon James Marape, today witnessed the first gold pour of the New Porgera Mine, since the expiry of the then Special Mining Lease (SML1) in 2019.

The event signifies that it will be ‘all systems go’ come July when full operations are expected to commence.

The PM was on-site accompanied by the Governor for Enga Province Hon Sir Peter Ipatas, Mining Minister Hon Muguwa Dilu, Member for Laiagap Hon Amos Akem, Country Manager for Barrick Niugini Limited Karo Lelai, Managing Director of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) Jerry Garry, and Managing Director of Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited (KMHL) Sarimu Kanu.

PM Marape said this was an historical event that marked the beginning of a brighter future for the country, especially landowners and stakeholders. He said when his government got into office in 2019, it embarked on a mission under the banner ‘Take Back PNG’ to ensure that the country must get a fair-share of benefits from all its natural resources including benefits from mineral resources. However, he said his government was also mindful and respectful of the fact that investors’ must also make their return on investments so that it is a win-win for all parties.

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