The world's first seafloor copper-gold project, Solwara 1, is under development in Papua New Guinea. Nautilus Minerals was granted the Mining Lease for Solwara 1 in January 2011 and the Environmental Permit for Solwara 1 in December 2009. Nautilus Minerals Nautilus Minerals is committed to understanding, managing, and where appropriate, minimising the environmental impact of our activities. We aim to manage long-term ecosystem health and function in the natural environments affected by our operations.
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. The map on the right shows that Solwara 1 is located 50 kilometres from the international Port of Rabaul in East New Britain and 700 kilometres from Madang.
Solwara 1 is located 30 kilometres from land, at depths of 1600 metres, which is well away from coral reefs and fish. Surface impacts have been engineered out, meaning there will be no discharges to the surface with the exception of vessel discharges (cooling water and sewage) which will be controlled to international (MARPOL) standards.
*Since first plume detection took place on June 19, 1993. Plume first detected on PACMANUS II cruise, by CSIRO
** University Bremen/MARUM, Bremen, Germany and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, USA