Mining in Papua New Guinea: A complex story of trends. There is no perhaps other country in the world that has such a complex story to tell about mining than Papua New Guinea despite the often geologically young nature of PNG mineral deposits and an abundance of mineral and other natural resources it remains contentious as to whether mining39;s promise has been fulfilled
There are concerns a gold and copper mining project in the Sepik region in Papua New Guinea could cause environmental damage to a remote wilderness area and important river system.
The Porgera gold mine is located in Enga Province, about 600km north west of Port Moresby. The mine is operated by a joint venture between Placer Dome , Orogen Minerals Ltd and Mineral Resources Porgera Pty. Ltd , the latter two representing the state of PNG and local landowners.
Increased mining in Papua New Guinea has caused notable environmental impacts. After the construction of an open cut gold mine and an ore processing facility on Misima Island, Papua New Guinea in 1988, large increases of sedimentation caused a decrease in tissue layer thickness of a nearby coral reef.
Mining is often portrayed as a contributor to sustainable development, especially so in developing countries such as Papua New Guinea . Since 1970, several large mines have been developed in PNG but always with controversial environmental standards and social impacts often overlooked or ignored.