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A jaw drop experience for APEC Mining Delegates to Lihir

28/08/2018

The APEC 12th Mining Task Force (MTF) and the 6th Ministers Responsible for Mining Meeting (MRM6) 2018 has ended on a high note with Delegates taken on a regional visit to Lihir in the New Ireland province to see the Lihir Gold Mine on Friday 24 August.

The APEC Mining delegates had a brief tour at the Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province shortly after the APEC Mining Week.

The APEC 12th Mining Task Force (MTF) and the 6th Ministers Responsible for Mining Meeting (MRM6) 2018 has ended on a high note with Delegates taken on a regional visit to Lihir in the New Ireland province to see the Lihir Gold Mine on Friday 24 August.

The stunning beauty of the island and the mine setting was a jaw drop for the delegates as they were warmly welcomed upon arrival at the Londolovit airport on Lihir.

Deputy Mines Minister for Peru, Mr Miguel Zevallou who was part of the delegation was amazed by the good relationship that the mine has with the surrounding community.

“Positive work with communities, positive work in sustainable mining is a good example for the world to see,” said Zevallou.

Another delegate also from Peru said, “I am Peruvian and in Peru a lot of mine exists but nothing near to what I’ve seen.

“I see positive work near the sea, I see positive work in harmony with the communities, I see positivity that the mining activity is sustainable and I think it’s a good example for all of us to see and follow.

Chair of the 12th Mining Task Force, Mr Rodrigo Urgqiza Caroca expressed his gratitude for their wonderful visit to the mine and shared a positive sentiment on the hospitality PNG has provided during the meeting.

He said that the important thing the delegates learnt during the regional visit was cooperation within all parties at the mine site and it has generated positive mining outcome leaving both parties satisfied.

“I love the mining activity because I think it is important that there is real development for all parties in the mining agreements,” said Mr Caroca.

Lihir is an open-pit mine consisting of two adjacent overlapping pits. With the current reserve, mining will take place for 13 years, during which the higher-grade ore will be fed directly for processing and lower grade ore will be stockpiled.

This will be processed during the following 17 years, giving a total projected life of 30 years.

The Nimamar Rural Local Level Government (NR LLG) consists of 15 wards and represents all Lihir people and apart from existing mining benefits such as compensation relocation agreement, budget ceiling and expenditure and infrastructure development, there are future economic projects the NR LLG are proposing to boost the island’s economic status.