Find Mining expertise in Papua New Guinea

The country is richly endowed with mineral and hydrocarbon resources. Since commercial gold mining began in 1989, mining and oil and gas production have made a significant contribution to GDP. Mineral deposits account for more than half the country’s export earnings; the highest contributors in terms of value include oil, copper and gold, though silver and nickel are also being exploited.

The principal copper mine at Ok Tedi in Western Province was developed and operated by an Australian company and then abandoned. The mine was one of the primary producers of copper and gold in the country. Another important mine on the island of Bougainville closed in 1989 at the outbreak of political instability and, after political resolution in Bougainville, rehabilitation needed huge investment. The Porgera gold mine in the Enga Province is regarded as one of the largest in the world. In 2012, Papua New Guinea was the world’s 12th largest producer of gold. Lihir, Ok Tedi and Porgera are the largest industrial gold mines.

There are substantial reserves of nickel and cobalt at Ramu in Madang Province. Nickel and cobalt exports – from the new plant at Ramu – started in November 2012. In 2007 Nautilus Minerals Niugini (Nautilus) became the first company to commercially explore the seafloor for high-grade massive sulphide deposits. The company aims to produce copper, gold and silver.

The mining and petroleum industry is estimated by the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum to employ more than 30,000 permanent workers. Further substantial employment takes place in the sector, although numbers have not been estimated, including those employed on a casual basis and those involved in traditional mining activities. Exploratory mining is a significant provider of jobs across the country, employing large numbers of villagers, albeit often on a temporary basis.

Mining sites and drilling camps also offer added benefits for those in isolated communities nearby, often providing much-needed access medical services.

Mining and Minerals organisations in Papua New Guinea
ACEM Geotechniques
Aisi-Bishman Contractors Ltd
Anitua Mining Services Ltd
Barrick
Bestino Mining House Ltd
Capital Drilling Ltd
Coppermoly Ltd
Dome Resources Ltd
Gumi Mining & Exploration Ltd
Highlands Pacific Ltd
Lihir Gold Ltd
Marengo Mining Ltd
Melanesians Resources Group
Mineral Resources Authority (MRA)
Mineral Resources Development Co. (MRDC)
Mining & Engineering Services
Misima Mines Ltd
Morobe Mining
Natdrill Ltd
Nautilus Minerals Niugini (Nautilus)
New Britain Drillers Ltd
New Guinea Water Drillers
Niugini Mining Ltd
OK Tedi Mining Ltd
Parker Drilling Co.
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Regional Drilling Ltd
Simbai Exploration & Mining Co.
SMEC PNG Ltd
UMW
United Pacific Drilling Ltd
Zorba Mining & Exploration Support Ltd