Landowner fallout at Sinivit

NEW Guinea Gold’s small Sinivit gold mine in East New Britain has returned to production after a landowner occupation suspended operations for about a week during the festive season.
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On December 28 NGG said representatives of the Wild Dog Mining Area Landowner Association and Lulai Nakama Association occupied the mine site.

The aggrieved landowners were upset over outstanding royalty payments.

One week ago NGG, with support of local police, regained control over all site plant and equipment. Production resumed after a safety assessment was completed.

"In relation to the demands made by the landowners, as previously conveyed, all royalties have been paid in full to the Mineral Resources Authority, who is now responsible for their distribution," NGG said on Friday.

"All other claims will be addressed in the coming months in negotiations with the landowners and other stakeholders."

NGG also countered some media reports by saying there were no leaks from any of its processing vats "before, during or subsequent to the occupation."

"Whilst it is pleasing to have resolved the situation on site, there remains a significant amount of work to do to re-establish cordial relations with the landowners," NGG acting CEO Greg Heaney said.

"NGG is committed to its social responsibility and will use all available resources to ensure a fruitful and cooperative working framework is in place for the mine's future."


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