New Barrick Gold boss visits PNG

4:11 pm on 21 February 2019

The new head of mining company Barrick Gold says it wants to strengthen its partnership with the Papua New Guinea government and the local community at Porgera.

Demonstration against Barrick Niugini at the Porgera mine

Photo: Supplied

Chief Executive Officer Mark Bristow visited PNG for four days recently and met with central and provincial government representatives as well as the Porgera Landowners Association.

Barrick and Zijin Mining Group each own a 47.5 percent interest in the Porgera Joint Venture, while Mineral Resources Enga owns a 5 percent interest in the mine.

The firms involved in the project are currently negotiating an extension of the Special Mining Lease that will allow the mine to keep operating.

Mr Bristow's visit to PNG comes after pressure by lobby groups for the mine owners to address serious human rights concerns outlined in a report into the mine's impact on the local community.

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