Are You Being Explored?

I don’t have the latest map on me of current mineral resource projects in the country but as an indication below is one from 2009.

Click on map to see large version or download pdf version here.


Now what you will note above are operations which are current, potential, closed or advanced exploration areas. With the renewed interest lately in mineral resources in PNG one of the first indicators  of the level of  investment in this sector is usually how many exploration licences are being issued out in a country.

Have a look below at the Exploration License (EL) listings as of September 30th, 2011.

Click on map to see larger version and/or download EL listing in excel here

Virtually the entire country and parts of the ocean are being explored. The Yellow sections are EL’s under application, Purple are EL’s under Renewal and Blue are current EL’s.

If you’re a landowner or a business interested in more information, you can contact the Mineral Resources Authority on the following details:

Mineral Resources Authority
PO Box 1906
Port Moresby 121
Papua New Guinea

Phone: (675) 3213511
Fax: (675) 3200579

5 thoughts on “Are You Being Explored?

  1. I have been pondering on that FACT for some time now. As shown in the maps, we have about 9 mines operating now, 4 to be soon and 10 in the advanced exploration stage.
    And nearly the whole country is being or will be explored.

    I do not believe the country needs more than 5 mines operating in the country at any one time.

    Can we and are we able to STAND UP and “say” we are not developing Mines but our our Rainforest. There is abundance in our Forest. There are thousands if not millions of potential drugs that can be researched in our Forest. We have the brains here…for a start have Dr Clement Waine head the organising committee – he’s the man for the job.

    We have seen what logging is doing around the country. I think the alternative to logging and Mining is to develop our potential that is trapped in the abundant Forest that we have.
    Give this idea to a rural Papua New Guinean and she/he will give you the ‘go’.
    Let’s develop this (Bio-industries) as a Rural-based.

    Tingting tasol………………

  2. joshuaGEN, good thoughts but Return On Investment is higher with resources. So the only question now really with the way things are going is where we want to put our profits from these resource projects.

    Certainly Agriculture should be on the top of the list

  3. Hi,

    I came across a map published by Quest offshore that displayed offshore blocks in the Gulf of Papua/ Coral sea region already spoken for, that are not shown on either 2009 or 2011 maps by MRA that is currently posted.

    I do apologize for the unclear images.

  4. Agree with you comments on agriculture as an investment destination for resource profits and a portion of revenues. This has been apart of repeated MTDSs however successive government have failed to implement. Perhaps the PON Gov can do it.

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