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Former Aust chief Justice to arbitrate on Nautilus dispute with PNG

Former Aust chief Justice to arbitrate on Nautilus dispute with PNG

Updated 18 July 2012, 17:31 AEST

The PNG government and Nautilus minerals have agreed on the appointment of former Australian Chief Justice, Murray Gleeson, to arbitrate a dispute which has seen work delayed on a major deep sea mining project.

Both sides are accusing each other of having breached an agreement, which is supposed to lead to the PNG government taking a 30% stake in the Solwara 1 site in the Bismark Sea.

PNG says Nautilus has not lived up to its part of the bargain so it has refused to put in its share of the initial investment.

That has seen Nautilus warn of delays or even the derailing of mining which was expected to start before the end of next year.

Paul Barker, Director of the Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs, told Jemima Garrett the background to the dispute is complex.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker:Paul Barker, Director of the Papua New Guinea's Institute of National Affairs

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