The National, Thursday July 11th, 2013
PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has confirmed that his government will grant an extension to a mine exploration license to Summit for the explorations at the Mt Kare mine in the Hela and Enga provinces.
O’Neill said it was long overdue for the Mt Kare people to benefit from their resources and the Government had decided to grant an extension to the operation and further exploration in the area.
“We have received an application for an extension for further exploration from Summit, the operator of the Mt Kare gold mine,” O’Neill told Parliament yesterday.
“I have discussed with Mining Minsiter Byron Chan and we have agreed that it should be extended because it has been long overdue.
“Let’s give the opportunity to our people to benefit and participate in the development from the mine.”
O’Neill was responding to questions from Lagaip-Porgera MP Nixon Mangape’s who wanted to know why it had taken eight months to process Summit’s licence renewal application.