Eramet reaches agreement to continue SLN’s New Caledonia operations

French mining group Eramet said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with the French government to continue its subsidiary SLN’s mining operations in New Caledonia’s Northern Province. Under the agreement,

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Opinion: Communities worry anew as PNG revives seabed mining plans

Chris Malgan sits in his outrigger canoe, singing and shaking a ring of coconut shells in the water next to the boat. The inky skies backdropping the reef portend a late-morning storm that will bring a deluge of rain

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Regional tuna expert sounds caution in developing seabed mining

Leading Pacific tuna industry expert, Dr Transform Aqorau, has drawn from the region’s experiences with its massive tuna fisheries industry to sound caution in the development of the “next frontier” of deep seabed

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U.S. political support for deep-sea mining growing despite pushback from allies

A report in the Wall Street Journal says U.S. political support for deep-sea mining has taken on a new urgency as Norway this week became the first country to legalise extraction of minerals from the ocean bottom

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Te Ipukarea Society: Deep seabed mining and the emerging risk to our tuna fisheries

Last week saw the Cook Islands host one of the most significant meetings with respect to the shared tuna stocks in the region.  That was the annual session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission,

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Porgera will fix FX, economy: PNG PM Marape

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, James Marape says once the Porgera gold mine comes on next year, it will help fix the country’s economy, especially the shortage of foreign exchange (forex). “Our people need the

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Sovereign rights not enough, regional cooperation needed for deep-sea mining: TIS

There needs to be a regional approach to deep-sea mining, as opposed to relying solely on the sovereign rights of individual nations, given the transboundary risks such activities can pose to the Pacific Ocean, says a

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New Caledonia independence parties prepare for talks with France

Key members of the New Caledonia’s independence movement Front de Libération Nationale Kanak et Socialiste (FLNKS) have debated policy at party congresses, in preparation for looming negotiations with the French

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Opinion: A long-term fund to lift the Porgera mining curse

The last three decades of gold mining in Porgera (1989-2019) have been wasted, with little to show in terms of the socio-economic conditions of the landowners and people of Porgera-Paiela district in Enga Province,

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Opinion: Kikibakiki – Reflections on PNG at 48

We sat down in the forever blackout Port Moresby city, I hear the neighbours playing the famous Saugas song, Sindaun Bagarap, echoing the windy night, and buai buyers complaining about the hike in the prices,

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Ok Tedi life extension approved

The OK Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) in Papua New Guinea has had its mine life extension approved from 2023 to 2050, with an expected dividends payments in excess of K30 billion (US$8.2 billion), says chief executive

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PNG resource boom to last 30 years: Trade Minister Maru

Papua New Guinea is expecting a resource boom from next year because of at least five multi-billion kina projects in the pipeline, says International Trade and Investment Minister Richard Maru. “We don’t have just

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