Laulau has worked for Barrick Niugini for the past 5½ year, of which only the past two months have been as a senior manager.
According to his LinkedIn profile Laulau says he has been in the mining industry for 24 years as "GM/AGM and registered manager of some of the iconic mines in PNG, taking responsibility of profit and loss for some".
"I am experienced in running mining operations, maintenance of both fixed and mobile equipment, technical services of all sorts, large work force, community security, statutory compliance, employee relations and environment. I have operated CIL gold plants, leap leaching, dredging, mine rehabilitation, gold room management, transportation, and conventional mining both underground and open pit," Laulau said.
He adds that he is "passionate about commercialise farming and mechanising it in Jiwaka".
Previously, Laulau was general manager for Tolukuma gold mine in Central Province, and engineering superintendent for Xstrata at Mount Isa in Austrlia.
Kumul official Peter Graham said Laulau was well qualified for the role and was "expected to establish on site shortly".
Graham said that Barrick Niugini would continue to have responsibility for the care and maintenance of equipment and infrastructure at the mine "under the terms of the mine development contract until such time as a way forward is determined".
No way, says Barrick Niugini. Responding to the Kumul "appointment" Barrick Niugini says it disputes that any valid lease has been granted to Kumul under which Kumul would have any rights or interests in areas the subject of Barrick Niugini's tenements, including the Porgera mine, and the company has started proceedings in the National Court over the Porgera SML.
"On that basis, Barrick Niugini does not recognise the validity of Kumul purporting to appoint a registered mine manager over the Porgera mine. BNL notes the decision delivered by Justice Makail in the Supreme Court on 27 September this year (SCM No. 18 of 2020) that it is in the interests of justice that the present status quo be maintained in relation to SML 1 while legal proceedings remain ongoing."