GRML says it has not abandoned the mine. Photo credit: Vimeo.

GRML says it has not abandoned the mine. Photo credit: Vimeo.

Gold Ridge Mining Limited, GRML, has assured the Solomon Islands Government and stakeholders it has not abandoned Gold Ridge.

Mr Tim Lehany, Company Director says recent torrential rainfall has caused extensive flooding resulting in a tragic loss of life and damage.

In a statement to the media, Mr Lehany says safety is the Company’s highest priority.

He explained, faced with diminishing fuel, food, essential supplies and escalating security tensions, remaining personnel were evacuated on Monday, 7 April 2014 suspending operations.

Meanwhile, GRML appreciates Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo’s support in assigning police to secure the mine site and has also thanked the Australian and New Zealand governments for their support.

Company Director, Mr Tim Lehany assures the government, GRML is ready to deploy a team to Gold Ridge to undertake a site assessment and commence site stabilisation work and will do so as soon as continued security can be reasonably assured.

Mr Lehany says GRML employees will be paid as scheduled during April and community related commitments will be met.

He adds, in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis, the Company has made a donation of 100- Thousand Australian to the Australian Red Cross to assist with emergency aid in the Solomon Islands and is exploring with Australian Red Cross other possible assistance.

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