17 Aug 2009

Construction resumes at PNG's Ramu nickel project

7:41 pm on 17 August 2009

Construction has resumed at the Ramu nickel cobalt project in Papua New Guinea following rectification of a number of health and safety issues.

The mainly Chinese-owned one point three seven billion US dollars Ramu project was last month ordered by PNG authorities to stop construction work and to withdraw of workers, pending the implementation of health and safety measures. at the site.

The site has this year also been the subject of violent clashes between local and Chinese elements of the workforce.

The mining company Highlands Pacific on its website quotes Managing Director John Gooding as saying that full activity has now resumed and that the safety review has not unduly delayed the project's timetable.

The targeted annual output of the Ramu mine is 31,500 tonnes of nickel and 3300 tonnes of cobalt contained in high grade concentrate over a 20 year mine life.

Highlands Pacific has an 8.56 percent interest in the project.