1 Oct 2010

Nickel developer in PNG willing to wait before launching tailings construction - lawyer

10:51 am on 1 October 2010

The operator of Papua New Guinea's Ramu nickel project has assured landowners it won't construct its marine tailings pipeline until a new legal application for a injunction on the project is heard.

Landowner efforts to halt the pipeline from Madang Province's Ramu mine into Basamuk Bay will continue despite the lifting of an injunction on the project.

The Madang court last week lifted the injunction on the Metallurgical Corporation of China's tailings pipe following the sudden withdrawal from the case of the plaintiffs.

However the plaintiffs' former lawyer, Tiffany Nonggorr has filed a fresh application on behalf of a new group of landowners whose motion for a new injunction will be heard in two weeks time.

"The company will give an undertaking not to do any blasting of coral or to construct the pipeline or discharge any tailings pending the hearing of the application for an injunction, so everything is now stopped again."