3 May 2007

PNG's Porgera mine reopens

10:41 am on 3 May 2007

The giant Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea's Highlands has reopened following successful negotiations with local landowners who closed the mine for a week after blockading the mine gates.

Extra police were sent to the mine in Enga Province to maintain security as managers from the mine company, Barrick Limited, discussed resettlement needs with disgruntled landowners from the mine licence area.

Agreement was reached with Porgera Landowners Association representatives late yesterday and the mine reopened for operations Tuesday.

Barrick management said the Porgera Joint Venture operation was committed to working with local landowners to address their needs.