April 24 Nautilus Minerals Inc said it
had signed an agreement with Papua New Guinea to move towards
production at its Solwara 1 underwater copper mining project.
Under the agreement, the government is entitled to a 15
percent stake in the project and has the option to increase this
by another 15 percent in the next 12 months.
In October, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the Canadian
company in a dispute with Papua New Guinea over the ownership of
the Solwara project after a nearly two-year battle.
Nautilus had accused the government of not coming through on
its share of financing for the project, while the government had
accused Nautilus of not fulfilling some of its obligations.
The Solwara 1 mine is located in the Bismark Sea, which lies
in southwestern Pacific Ocean to the north of Papua New Guinea.
(Reporting By Sneha Banerjee in Bangalore; Editing by Prateek