11 Nov 2005

PNG's Porgera mine hit by vandalism

2:33 pm on 11 November 2005

The Porgera gold mine in the Papua New Guinea highlands has been forced to curb production after a pylon was deliberately felled, cutting power to the mine.

It is the fourth time this year the line has been sabotaged.

The acting mine general manager, Frazer Bourchier, has told the AAP news agency that the losses suffered after the weekend's vandalism not only affected the Porgera Joint Venture operation but also the local community and the nation.

The pylon, carrying electricity from the Hides gas field in Southern Highlands Province to the mine in neighbouring Enga Province, was felled at Waile Creek in the rugged Mt Kare area.