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Find out here what people said on re-opening the Panguna mine and Bougainville Copper Limited... 








"For the sake of our children and their children's future it is our moral obligation to make the right decisions now!!! The Panguna Mine must reopen!!°


Resulution of the Bougainville Women's Mining Forum

27.03. 2014




" of Panguna or establishing another operation if Panguna fails to start the economy was very important for Bougainville’s economic survival."




Sam Akoitai



Former national MP of Central Bougainville and former PNG Minister of Mining





"...we need to tell them why it is important that we have to get this mine up!"


Albert Punghau 


Minister of Finance - Autonomous Bougainville Government





"The situation for the re-opening of the mine continues to improve. It is a slow process but we expect that. My attitude has been and continues to be I would rather take my time and get it right, than rush and get it wrong. I think what is happening on Bougainville is in line with my expectations. The support for the mine re-opening continues to grow and the support for Bougainville Copper as the operator continues to grow."




Chairman of  Bougainville Copper Limited





".. the opening of the Panguna mine will obviously contribute to the economic self-reliance of Bougainville that will be very important to the future independent state of Bougainville..."  





Former President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville




"The bulk of the population want the re-opening of the mine."




President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville




"We want Panguna to reopen to support the ABG to reach its goal of economic self reliance in preparation for referendum and independence for Bougainville...Panguna must be opened in my lifetime!."





Chairman of the  Panguna Landowners






"...despite all these (peace) programs, so many ordinary Bougainvilleans continue to question on the day when the mine would be re-opened?"


A Bougainville Citizen




"It's quite interesting to read and note that RIO, through BCL, is very adamant about returning to Panguna; not surprising to say the least. My informed view is that RIO/BCL should make a calculted return to Panguna as they have learnt their lesson the hard way and purported redemption will be VERY BIG for LOs, ABG and AROB. 

The maxim/saying: "It's better to deal with the devil you know, rather the devil you do not know" should be the guiding approach to the second coming of RIO/BCL. It's now up to the Panguna LOs, ABG and AROB people to decide RIO/BCL's second coming. 

RIO/BCL wants a mine; LOs wants a mine; ABG wants a mine and AROB people wants a mine - this window of opportunity is here - for sustained development, growth and posterity for all in AROB."


 J. K. Semos, PhD

Devine Word University, Madang




"Rio Tinto (RIO) is looking into restarting its Panguna mine in Papua New Guinea, one of the world's largest sources of copper and gold until the company abandoned it a quarter century ago after local villagers chased off workers in a secessionist uprising. A new study by Rio Tinto's majority-owned subsidiary Bougainville Copper (BOC) says the mine on Bougainville island still contains at least five million tonnes of copper and 19 million ounces of gold, worth USD41 billion and USD32 billion, respectively. Bougainville was one of my tips for Tim Boreham’s (The Australian) tipping competition this year. The Australian, Criterion column 2nd. February"



Director J Palmer + Sons







"The potential for a restart could only be fully assessed once it was safe to return to the mine! The new estimate for copper and gold supports consideration of a number of potential development options."



Peter R. Taylor


Chairman of Bougainville Copper Limited






"The further copper-gold potential of PNG should not be overlooked either. Already the Wafi-Golpu and Yandera projects are world-class and the exploration potential at Bougainville is not well publicized – when that mine does reopen there will be huge opportunities if they are managed correctly."




Editor of PNG Industry News





The ABG President chief JOHN MOMIS wants the closed PANGUNA Copper mine on Bougainville island to reopen to support the ABG with much needed funds to deliver much needed services to the people of Bougainville.

Speaking on his weekly Radio Talk on Radio New Dawn on Bougainville  FM, chief Momis said that PANGUNA was a single impact project that can bail out Bougainville from its financial problems.



President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville





"I call for unity of all Bougainvilleans to fulfill Autonomous Bougainville Government President's number one pillar of unification of all Bougainvillean's despite of their affiliations"




Minister for Culture and Tourism

Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)





"The forum has helped the landowners to know where other Bougainvilleans are standing on the Panguna issue.

Panguna landowners are ready to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government as the legitimate government for Bougainville and other factions are already working with them to join the team so that Bougainville can voice their grievances as one Bougainville.

The Panguna mine will be opened as soon as all the negotiations are completed.

Panguna gave independence to PNG and should now be opened to give the necessary funds for Bougainville to move forward."




Panguna Landowner Representative







“We have made a lot of progress in the past months.

We want everyone to be involved! Those to be involved in this process include all concerned stakeholders, the ex-combatants, Me'ekamui, the landowners and the Autonomous Bougainville Government. After all consultations with all stakeholders we will proceed with pre-feasibility studies on reopening the Panguna Mine.

The progress on reopening the mine has moved forward, it is steady and it is heading in the right direction."



 Company Secretary of Bougainville Copper  Limited







"…that the only avenue currently for Bougainville to source all the funds it needs is to re-open the Panguna mine …"



Regional Member of PNG Parliament for Bougainville






"…the meeting with Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) was a step forward. It was a very good meeting because we agreed at once some decisions that BCL has to meet..

…most people in mine-affected areas and all of Bougainville, we would very much want BCL to come back before it decides to come to Bougainville and help us with our economic recovery on Bougainville.."



Chairwoman and spokesperson of the Panguna landowner group






"It was the first time that all the landowners were represented in the group that talked with us. In the past we had other big meetings but not all landowner groups were represented. But this time it was good. The landowner groups represented all the groups that have been listed as the legitimate landowners, which include Mekamui, of course.

“I was not completely surprised. I was very happy because we had been doing a lot of work, the administration has been doing a lot of work liaising and talking with the landower groups and insisting that landowners must come to an agreement to work together…"



President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) and Head of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)






"BCL will come and re-open the mine but need to tidy up a lot of things before they come and re-open the mine. We all agree that BCL will come back because they have learned their mistake. We have learned our mistake and, maybe, we can start on a new slate…"



Interim Chairman of the key umbrella group, the Panguna Landowners






"The re-entry into Panguna by any best bidder or Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) can be made possible by the end of 2012…"



Vice President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB)




"The people of Panguna commend this government for tackling this problem head-on and which the former Somare-led government had for a long time failed to address in an effective and honest way…

…in preparation for the re-opening of the Panguna mine."



Deputy Chairman of the Panguna Landowners Association





"… both parties had agreed to re-negotiate the BCA with the Bougainville Copper Ltd, the national government and any other interested developer.

The decision to re-negotiate the BCA was reached on the consensus that mining would be allowed at Panguna and the BCA must not be reviewed but re-negotiated because the agreement was drawn up by parties which were no longer present at the negotiation table…"



President of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) and Head of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG)





“(Autonomous Bougainville Government) President Momis supports the vision of returning to mining at Panguna and has publicly stated he believes the majority of the Bougainville population also supports reopening the mine.”



Company Secretary of Bougainville Copper Limited










The European Shareholders of Bougainville Copper (ESBC)