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Barrick Gold, OK Tedi suffer infrastructure damage after Papua New Guinea quake

Barrick Gold Corp. and Ok Tedi Mining Ltd. reported damage to their infrastructure in Papua New Guinea after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the country Feb. 26, Reuters reported the following day.

A power station supplying the Porgera gold mine co-owned by Barrick and Zijin Mining Group Co. Ltd. was damaged, but Barrick spokesman Andy Lloyd said it is "premature" to comment on how this will affect the mine's operations, as assessments remain underway.

Porgera's processing plant is the main consumer of electricity from the station and Lloyd said the mine has "limited back up power generation available on site." Barrick said some activities at Porgera have been suspended to save electricity

A landslide blocked a road and damaged pipelines to Ok Tedi's copper-gold mine in the country's Star Mountains.

According to Ok Tedi, the road could take up to two days to be cleared and maintenance work on the damaged pipes will start "as soon as road access is restored and spare pipes are transported to the location." The company also declined to comment on the direct impact of the damage to the mine's operations.

Police said at least 14 people were killed in the initial quake, which was followed by dozens of aftershocks including a 5.7 magnitude earthquake the afternoon of Feb. 27. The initial earthquake led ExxonMobil Corp. to shut down its US$19 billion liquefied natural gas plant in the country, the newswire added.