Newcrest Mining Limited (NML)

Wafi-Golpu Injunction lifted

This follows the dismissal of a judicial review proceeding between the Governor for Morobe Province and the PNG Government in relation to the Wafi-Golpu Project Memorandum of Understanding, by the National Court in Lae on February 11th.

According to a statement by Newcrest Mining, Mining Minister, Johnston Tuke, advised the WGJV partners that the State has withdrawn its support for the MOU, and instructed lawyers to take steps to set aside the stay order and terminate the judicial review proceeding.

Women breaking barriers in Newcrest

The group, 12 of which are of Lihirian heritage, are not only creating pathways for women in New Ireland Province and the country but contributing to a productive working culture to improve Newcrests’ operations.

The women are currently working in various trades within the Newcrest operations. These trades were once fully male dominated.

New safety plan being promoted at Lihir mine

The culture is promoted through Newcrest Mining Limited’s Safety Transformation  Plan  (STP) which has been running for the last year.

NewSafe, a pillar of STP, is the “hearts and minds” of the plan and was launched in Lihir recently alongside two other pillars in Critical Control Management and Process Safety.

NewSafe has focused on cultivating a safe and healthy culture in Lihir through building leadership and changing safety behavior at all levels within the mine’s operation.

K6 million worth of projects for NIP

These projects have resulted in better school infrastructure, health facilities, and the upgrading of key roads, creating better access to services for locals.

The Nokon, Kabil and Huris Communities in Namatanai District, as well as Madina Secondary School in Kavieng District, are recipients of the projects.

Madina Secondary School had renovation and construction work on 11 staff houses and an update on its power reticulation.

Newcrest proud of their employees

The comments were made by current Lihir General Manager, Craig Jetson, who is now promoted to Executive General Manager of Lihir and Cadia, Newcrest’s other operation in Australia.

“There should be a great sense of accomplishment in the work done to date by our Lihir team and justified excitement about what the future holds. I look forward to continuing to work with our workforce, local communities and the government to take Lihir from strength to strength,” said Jetson.

Newcrest invests over $US3 billion in PNG

This was the scenario revealed to guests at a function in Port Moresby recently by Peter Hay, chairman of the board.

Accompanied by managing director and CEO Sandeep Biswas and the management team, the Board visited Papua New Guinea  last week to see the Company’s largest mine at Lihir in New Ireland Province.

The Board and management team also had a series of productive meetings with government, landowners, communities and employees.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was also invited to the function along with other Members of Parliament.

Govt queries amendments to water permit on mining island

In a letter dated Aug 23, 2016, Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari wrote to the Conservation & Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) Managing Director, Gunther Joku, asking why there were “sudden and unknown amendments to the Water Use Permit (WUP) that allows Lihir Gold Ltd to extract 4,400 cubic metres of water per hour…” instead of the permitted rate of 3,800 cubic metres per hour.  

CEPA is tasked with the job of issuing various water usage and water disposal permits to major resource projects in the country, including mining companies like Lihir Gold Ltd.