Department of Mineral and Energy Resources

Department of Mineral and Energy Resources

THE DEPARTMENT OF MINERAL  AND ENERGY RESOURCES:

Headed by Secretary SHADRACH HIMATA under the ministerial leadership of Honorable RAYMOND MASONO, ABG Vice President and Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources, Its mandate is focused on:

  • Mining policy
  • Mining Safety Exploration (all minerals)
  • Licensing and regulation of developers
  • Energy policy

News and updates

  • New Bougainville Mining Act and partial lifting of the mining moratorium with applications for mining in Tore, Isina and Jaba being accepted. 
  • Work to sensitively re-open Panguna mine site is well advanced.
  • Need to manage exploration applications efficiently and effectively, ensuring that the interests of the ABG are always upheld.
  • Finalising arrangements of the BCL Steering Committee so that important consultation work can commence with respect to mining operations at Panguna.