Porgera Joint Venture

PJV supports COVID-19 awareness efforts

Porgera Joint Venture (PJV) is supporting the Porgera Coronavirus Task Force Committee by providing fuel and logistics support including the provision of information materials and community radio awareness on Covid 19.

The District Coronavirus Task Force committee comprises membership of the local police, district health, Paiam hospital, Ipili Council of Churches, District Administration, Porgera Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Restoring justice Initiative (RJI) and PJV.

Delivery bed for Engan health post

Kupiata, a nursing officer and Officer in Charge (OIC) of the health post, said mothers have had to deliver their babies on the floor because there are no delivery beds.

Tumundan is a community within the Maip-Mulitaka Local Level Government (LLG) of the Lagaip District and is about a 30-minute drive from the Porgera gold mine. It is located along the Highlands Highway, neighbouring the PJV’s Boom gate at Maip.

PJV’s Community Relations end Engagement (CRE) section in May donated a delivery bed, along with some other medical equipment to the Tumudan Community Health Post.

PJV tradespeople commended

PJV mobile equipment maintenance superintendent, Paul Bailey, remembers it all too well like it was only yesterday.

“From the earthquake, we all dug our heels in at maintenance. We had lots of trades here and needed across the business...whether it was boilermakers sent up to Hides to rebuild the power plant or down working on the generators.

“We had fitters that went underground…we had mechanics at the Anawe Power Station.

“So when we did come back to full production we had fairly good availability on our machines.

Potable water for Top Yarik

The Top Yarik supplementary water project was recently handed over to the responsible village water committee following the installation of 44 Tuffa tanks at various locations.

On Tuesday 20th November, 21 village water committee members from Top Yarik signed off on the project Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Porgera JV.

Top Yarik is one of seven Special Mine Lease (SML) communities that have benefited from Porgera JV’s Supplementary Water Project which was initiated in 2016.

The tanks were installed at 27 locations.

PJV highlights critical challenges

This was highlighted by the Barrick Niugini Limited Executive Director, Dr Ila Temu, at the recent 15th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference held in Sydney, Australia, earlier this month.

The biennial conference was hosted by the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

Dr Temu highlighted critical challenges that the Porgera operation has had to deal with in recent times and emphasized the important factor that has enabled the operation to see through these challenges.

K25,000 investment in Porgera chamber

The funding, made to the Porgera Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), will help the chamber coordinate its suite of annual activities for small to medium businesses in the Porgera Valley.

PCCI president, Nickson Pakea, said the contribution will be well received by the local business community.

“Our organisation started in 2017 when we recognised locals needed a one-stop shop for advice, service and advocacy to help establish and or keep their businesses profitable,” Pakea said.

Public servants commend miner for renovations

Ruben Tongole, the community development officer with the Porgera District Administration said this following the completion of renovation works on his home last month by PJV.

A 20 year career public servant, Ruben received keys to his ‘new look’ home on February 16 at Paiam in the presence of Deputy District Administrator, Epenes Nakipane, and local contractor representatives.