14 Dec 2017

PNG govt committed to Solwara project despite legal challenge

From , 4:05 pm on 14 December 2017

Papua New Guinea's Mining Minister says the government is committed to the controversial Solwara 1 seabed mining project.

The project, led by Canada-based Nautilus Minerals, seeks to extract gold and copper from deep under the surface of the Bismarck Sea.

However local community groups have launched legal proceedings in a bid to obtain key documents around the Solwara 1 agreement.

They accuse the government of with-holding information on the project's approval and environmental impact reviews.

The Minister, Johnson Tuke, spoke about the project with Johnny Blades who began by asking why documents had been concealed.

Seabed mining machinery

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith