Controversial PNG mine set to start production next month

ABC Radio reported on the weekend that a controversial mining company plans to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the sea in Papua New Guinea, with production now set to start in September.

According to the report, the PNG Supreme Court has dismissed an application by a group of landowners for a temporary injunction preventing the Ramu Nickel mine from dumping tailings into the sea off Madang.

The local landowners were hoping to halt the mine’s plan while they appealed a decision by the National Court in July not to permanently stop the dumping.

Australian mining company Highlands Pacific has a nine per cent stake in the majority Chinese-owned mine.

The company says the $1.4 billion mine will begin ore commissioning activities at its treatment plant next month.

The company’s managing director, John Gooding, said the mine should produce its first nickel and cobalt in the coming months.

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