14 Nov 2006

Ruling due in bid for injunction to halt New Caledonia's Goro nickel project

4:57 pm on 14 November 2006

A court in Paris is expected to make a judgment today on whether to issue an injunction that would halt the New Caledonian Goro Nickel project.

A New Caledonian Kanak activist group and unionists in New Caledonia have called for the injunction in Paris to stop the project, saying it is illegal and will cause serious pollution.

Goro Nickel's deputy general manager, Jeff Zweig, told Bloomberg news agency that the application for an injunction is without merit and that his company has the construction permits and the authorisation to proceed.

Meanwhile, the head of the new parent company of Goro is in New Caledonia.

Roger Agnelli of Brazil's CVRD is due to meet New Caledonian leaders.

CVRD is in control of the two-billion US dollar project after taking it over from Inco of Canada.