The Panguna mine in Bougainville was closed down as a result of armed opposition by Bougainvilleans. The mine is owned by Rio Tinto subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited. For background, see http://londonminingnetwork.org/?s=Bougainville.
THE Bougainville copper mine maybe be reopened in the next two to three years, Autonomous Bougainville President John Momis said. See http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16425.
Bougainville mining prospects fraught with complexities, says academic
An academic has sounded a note of caution around discussions over the potential re-opening of the Panguna mine in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville. A meeting is planned for next week in Arawa to discuss landowner issues around the upcoming review of the Bougainville Copper Agreement.
See http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=58752.