Miner’s bid for Rennell bauxite being screened

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By EDDIE OSIFELO

MINISTRY of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification is screening the application of Nickel Enterprise SI Limited (NESI) showing interest to do bauxite mining on West Rennell.

This comes as a so-called West Rennell Land and Resources Owners Association denounced the recent deal between the National Government and NESI.

Permanent Secretary, Dr Christopher Vehe said the company had submitted its application to the former director Nicholas Biliki.

Vehe said the application is currently going through a due diligence check on technical, financial and other requirements before it is tabled before the Mines and Mineral Board.

 The West Rennell Land and Resources Owners Association claimed that NESI is the replica of Asia Pacific Investment Development’s (APID) subcontractor, Bintan Mining SI Limited.

Island Sun checked the Company Haus and found out that NESI’s two directors are Ka Chun Michael CHUI and Long Long SU.

Private lawyer, Whitlam K Togamae is NESI’s contact point.

Solomon Enterprise PTE Limited owns NESI, a Private Company Limited by Shares, incorporated on October 12, 2017 in Singapore.

Bintan Mining SI Ltd is owned by Bintan Mining Corporation, incorporated in British Virgin Islands, and registered in Hong Kong as a ‘foreign company’.

Bintan’s two directors are Grace Mercado Aquino and Kwok Fung Wai.

Permanent Secretary Vehe said there are court cases of APID for judicial review after the Mines and Mineral Board cancelled its mining licence and Registrar of Titles in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey cancelled its Perpetual Estate Title.

APID’s lawyer, Gabriel Suri said APID has challenged the cancellation of the registration of Perpetual Estate of PN. 298-005-1.

He said the parties are still waiting for a ruling.

Furthermore, he said APID appealed against the cancellation of the Mining Lease No. 1/2014 by the Minister for Mines.

He said the parties are still waiting for the court’s ruling.


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