Posts Categorized: Bougainville Copper Limited

BCL sponsor Panguna soccer team

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Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) has announced its support for the Panguna Metals Football Club.

The sponsorship will provide up to K20,000 to the team to go towards the costs of sporting equipment, transportation and accommodation as the team pushes for success in regional and national tournaments.

Founded in 1998, Panguna Metals FC consists of locals from the Panguna tailings area and Arawa.

Many of players are part of Bougainville’s ‘lost generation’ that missed out an education because of the crisis.

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BCL mine will bring local education and employment

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Maximising opportunities for Bougainvillean workers will be a priority for Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in any future resumption of operations at the Panguna mine.

A study conducted by BCL last year states that education and training activities will be initiated if the decision is made to redevelop the mine.

These activities will focus on ensuring a Bougainvillean workforce is trained in time for commencement of mine operations.

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A look at a potential Panguna mine

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The possible size and shape of a re-opened Panguna mine have been outlined by Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in an Order of Magnitude Study (OMS).

The OMS shows a mine that, if given the go-ahead, could have a longer life than the previous Panguna operation, which operated from 1972 to 1989.

The base case, the minimum expectation for a BCL operation at Panguna, has a conventional truck and shovel open pit mine with an expected life of 24 years.

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Landowners lead the way in Panguna discussions

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Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) would only consider a return to operations at Panguna with the full support of customary landowners in the mine affected regions and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).

BCL believes it has strengthened its relationship with landowners through regular meetings and a shared responsibility as part of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC).

The JPNCC consists of representatives from landowners, ABG, Government of Papua New Guinea and BCL and meets approximately every six weeks. The last meeting was on Wednesday 22 January in Port Moresby

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Landowners, ABG and BCL work to right the wrongs

By Leonard Fong Roka

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Discussions between mine-affected landowners, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) are being held not to re-open the Panguna mine, but to right the wrongs of the past.

The major players need to complete many tasks before progress towards a mine can even be considered.

These include the implementation of a mining bill for Bougainville, the push for BCL-Bougainville Bel Kol, social mapping, baseline studies and increased community engagement.

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Panguna mine can rejuvenate region

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A Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) operated mine at Panguna has the potential to revitalise Central Bougainville with upgrades to infrastructure and facilities.

However, any future decision as to whether the mine should be redeveloped is at least three years away, depending on findings from the environmental and social baseline studies, and completion of a pre-feasibility study.

According to the 2013 Order of Magnitude Study upgrades are needed to service a workforce employed at Panguna, the wider community and the functionality of the mine itself.

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JPNCC push for local training and employment

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The first meeting of the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC) for 2014 was held in Port Moresby on Wednesday 22 January.

The meeting involved discussions on a number of matters relating the potential return of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to the autonomous region.

The JPNCC consists of representatives of mine affected landowners, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), the Government of Papua New Guinea and BCL.

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BCL will look to assist with infrastructure

Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) will look to assist with a number of infrastructure projects in Central Bougainville.

The projects have been suggested as urgent by customary landowners in areas affected by the Panguna mine.

Many of these issues have arisen as a result of structures going decades without maintenance.

The sudden shut down of the Panguna mine also meant there was no opportunity for the usual closure procedures to take place, which has resulted in many negative externalities.

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Prime Minister and President to reconcile in POM

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A reconciliation ceremony will be held in Port Moresby today between the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Peter O’Neill, and the President of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG), Dr John Momis.

The  ceremony will also be attended by the Bougainvillean members of the national parliament Jimmy Miringtoro and Steven Kamma Pirika.

This forms part of a joint-government effort to strengthen ties between Bougainville and the rest of Papua New Guinea, which will culminate in a visit by the Prime Minister to the Autonomous Region next Monday 27 January.

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Panguna remediation not dependent on mine

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Closure planning is an integral part of a resource operation to Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in order to rehabilitate affected land for post-mining use.

The abrupt and continued closure of the Panguna mine in 1989 and during the period of conflict on Bougainville that followed, meant there was no opportunity to implement plans for its formal closure.

BCL is committed to undertaking appropriate remediation and rehabilitation studies and implementing necessary environmental programs regardless of the future operation of the Panguna mine.

Areas to be examined are the potential rehabilitation of the historical tailings deposits that remain in the Jaba River Basin and other legacies relating to the premature closure of the mine.

Studies of environmental conditions are required before remediation can take place at Panguna and other mine affected areas. These will gather new information and examine historic data to determine levels of degradation or recovery.

The scope for studies lays with the Joint Panguna Negotiation Coordination Committee (JPNCC) and will require “on the ground” access for the experts that are engaged.

The JPNCC is comprised of representatives of landowners in mine affected areas, the Autonomous Bougainville Government, the Government of Papua New Guinea and BCL.

BCL is working closely with members of the JPNCC to progress towards environmental and historical studies.

The next meeting of the JPNCC is on 22 January 2013.

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