Department of Mining and Petroleum

Department of Mining and Petroleum


Headed by Secretary PETER KOLOTEIN under the ministerial leadership of Honorable Ishmael Toroama, President & Minister for Mineral and Energy Resources, Its mandate is focused on:

  • Mineral resources
  • Geological Hazard Management
  • Energy resources



It is disappointing to learn of the commencement of a PNG Court Proceeding against Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) by self-interest parties who do not act in the interest of Bougainville as a whole. From the onset I make it clear that this proceeding is not supported by the Autonomous Bougainville Government in any way, shape or form. 


The ABG Department of Mining and Petroleum (DMP), formerly called the Department of Mineral & Energy Resources (DOMER), has now set up a coordination office in Arawa, located at Section 15. 


The ABG Department of Mineral and Energy Resources has recently undergone institutional structural changes in alignment to the Bougainville Integrated Strategic Development Plan (BISDP) 2023-2027 and the Bougainville Energy Policy direction for the Bougainville energy sector.


The Bougainville Executive Council has endorsed 21 October 2024 as the designated date on which transitional arrangements for mining without a tenement cease.


The week-long community engagement program for the Panguna mine-affected areas ended today in Arawa Town, seeing all stakeholders unified in support for the redevelopment of the Panguna mine.