Chinese miner says end to PNG mine damage

5:10 pm on 8 July 2015

The Jijin Mining Group, the new partner in the giant Papua New Guinea Porgera gold mine, says it will ensure there is no more environmental damage at the project's impact area.

Zijin Mining Group Chairman Chen Jinghe (left) and Barrick Gold Corporation Chairman John L. Thornton (right) signed a strategic cooperation agreement at a ceremony at Zijin’s offices in Xiamen, China on May 26, 2015.

Zijin Mining's Chen Jinghe and Barrick Gold's John Thornton Photo: Supplied

The National reports the group president of the Chinese company, Jianhua Wang, saying the company has plans to cater for waste from the mine in Enga.

He says it has the capability to improve environmental protection and he says it will incorporate these best practices at Porgera.

Jianhua Wang has also told local workers their jobs are not under threat after his company signed a deal to buy 50 percent of Porgera from the Canadian multi-national, Barrick Gold.

Zijin operates gold, copper, zinc and platinum mines throughout the world, including Australia, Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Peru, Russia, South Africa and Tajikistan.