Nautilus Minerals is committed to contributing positively towards the sustainable future of the communities in which we work and to being recognized as a valued partner.
Solwara 1 is located in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea in New Ireland Province, at 1,600 metres water depths and approximately 30 kilometres from the nearest coast in New Ireland Province. Solwara 1 is located 50 kilometres from the international Port of Rabaul in East New Britain and 700 kilometres from Madang.
An interesting aspect of the Solwara 1 Project, and something that sets it apart from traditional mining projects, is that there are no directly affected communities. The initial investigation into the characterisation of the social environment, completed in consultation with the then Department of Environment and Conservation (now known as Conservation Environmental Protection Agency), Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), revealed that there will be no directly affected communities at any of the proposed Solwara 1 Project locations.
Still, Nautilus Minerals believes it is important that communities within PNG are informed about the Project. How did we decide what communities to engage with? The Nautilus Minerals approach has been to involve the national and appropriate provincial governments in every step of the way. With the offshore production site located in New Ireland Province our community engagement efforts have been largely focused there.
Our focus area in New Ireland Province is known as the Coastal Area of Benefit (CAB). The CAB means the closest local-level government ward to the offshore mining lease together with the three adjacent wards in both directions along the coastline. This area covers the communities who have the greatest interest in understanding the project and this will be where many of our CSR programs will be implemented.