Papua New Guinea, in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. A country of immense cultural and biological diversity, it’s known for its beaches and coral reefs. Inland are active volcanoes, granite Mt. Wilhelm, dense rainforest and hiking routes like the Kokoda Trail. There are also traditional tribal villages, many with their own languages.

Capital and largest city: Port Moresby; 9°30′S 147°07′E / 9.500°S 147.117°E
Population: 8.085 million (2016) World Bank  
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Edie Creek

Edie Creek has been a historic gold and silver mining area since 1926.Located about 5 km south-west of Wau, it was the centre of one of the first major gold rushes in PNG before World War II.Large amounts of gold have been extracted by both alluvial and underground mining. Brothers William and Stanley Royal found gold at Edies Creek in 1926. They caches 23,000 ounces which was worth about 2 7/6 an ounce. On 16 July 1951, a QANTAS drover aircraft crashed into the sea near Lae carrying gold belonging to the Bulolo Gold Dedging Company. It is believed that 35,000 pounds worth of gold bullion was on board. It was recovered later by special divers. The remains can be seen here.

Hidden Valley/Hamata

Hidden Valley is an open-pit, gold-silver mine and processing plant in Morobe Province. The mine is approximately 210 km north-north-west of Port Moresby, and 90 km south-southwest of Lae. It is operated by Morobe Mining Joint Ventures, a 50:50 joint venture between Harmony, a company that operates primarily in South Africa, and Newcrest Mining, an Australian gold and copper mining company. The metals are epithermal deposits from hydrothermal systems related to volcanic activity.

Ramu Nickel

According to the project proponent Ramu NiCo “Ramu Nickel project is located in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. The annual output will be nickel/cobalt intermediate product, in which the aggregate nickel metal accounts for 31,000 tonnes and cobalt 3,000 tonnes.

The Project is composed of three parts: the Kurumbukari mine site, the Basamuk processing plant and a 135 kilometers slurry pipeline from the mine to the processing plant. The mine is located on the Kurumbukari plateau, on the southern side of the Ramu River Valley, 75 kilometers to the southwest of Madang. The processing plant site is located on coast of Basamuk bay, 55km to the southeast of Madang.

First discovered in the 1960s, the kurumbakari mine site was once explored intermittently by several companies. By the 1990s, Highlands Pacific Limited completed detailed exploration followed by a feasibility study. In 2005, China Metallurgical Group Corporation (“MCC”) acquired the majority interest in the Project and Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Limited became Manager and Operator for the Ramu Nickel Joint Venture. The Project construction has now been substantially finalized and is being progressively commissioned.”And many more as below:

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And Lately there has been continuous exploration happening in Kerabi Valley in Erave District of Southern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea.Feasibility studies have shown higher quantities of mineral deposits in Kerabi Valley basin (Reports can be sourced through Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum or SGS Australia.

⇒⇒⇒ More references on amazon kindle edition 

  1. Leviathans at the Gold Mine is an ethnographic account of the relationship between the Ipili, an indigenous group in Papua New Guinea, and the large international gold mine operating on their (read more)  where-to-mine-pacific

2. Papua New Guinea Mining Laws and Regulations Handbook (World Law Business Library) 


3. In the 1970s and 1980s, Papua New Guinea used to be a good spot for in­ves­ting in the mineral sector. This situation, however, changed. Especially since the Bougainville crisis – rooted in conflicts produced by a large-scale mining operation – became one of the most difficult and (read more)



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