BCL to Assist With Infrastructure in Panguna Area

Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) will assist with a number of urgent infrastructure projects in Central Bougainville that have been suggested by customary landowners in and around the operating area of the closed mine.

In the Special Mine Lease area there is a need for the removal of a small dam at Upper Kurua and culvert repair to prevent flooding as well as the provision of toilets, septic tanks and roofing material.

The Lower Tailings region requires bridge repair or replacement, a water supply for the Jaba rivermouth villages and a health facility for the relocated village at Katauri.

A clean-up is needed for chemical and oil spills at Loloho as well as an improved water supply with tanks for Rorovana.

Issues around the port mine access road require an engineering study as well as bridge maintenance and a connecting road to Guava Village.

It has also been suggested there is a need for technical education for people to improve general employment and business opportunities and a need for recreation facilities in Arawa.

A decision on which projects will be initiated first is to be made when engineers and other professionals are able access the area to assess the issues.