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Three years after 52 mine workers are supposed to have been buried alive in a gold mine area in Tanzania, the Norwegian contractor Noremco was assigned the task of participating in the construction of the controversial mine works on the area that had been brutally cleared. Noremco says its role in the mine was limited.
In the vicinity of the Geita mine in Tanzania the local population is starting to become aware of the consequences of the gold industry. Their food plants contain up to 9000 times the maximum limit for heavy metals. The mine is operated by AngloGold Ashanti, partly owned by the Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global. Norwegian contractors who have participated in the construction, say their role have been of a very limited nature.
Intex Resources has changed strategy and is now carrying out an information campaign towards the population on Mindoro. In this manner it intends to prevent local opposition from spoiling its project plans.
April this year, StatoilHydro signed a production sharing agreement with the authorities in Tanzania and with the state oil company Tanzanian Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC). Norwatch has been misquoted about the agreement in a Tanzanian newspaper.
Read also: Letter to Managing Editor of This Day, Tanzania
The Alangan forest people on the Philippine island of Mindoro are frightened. The sound of test drilling can be heard several places in the jungle they are dependent on. The land they have inherited from their ancestors is threatened by Norwegian mining operations. They fear that the forest god Kapwambulod will be disturbed and turn against them.
Local authorities are preparing court action to stop the nickel projects planned by Crew Minerals ASA on the Philippine island of Mindoro. The partly Norwegian-owned Crew Minerals also lacks approval from an extremely critically disposed indigenous population in the area of operation.
The British company Rolls-Royce has announced that it is withdrawing from Sudan for political and humanitarian reasons. The company’s Norwegian subsidiary, Rolls-Royce Marine, has for several years been a large-scale supplier of pump systems to the country. Norwatch revealed in the autumn of 2006 that the Norwegian deliveries were made at the doorstep to Darfur.

Political contacts all the way inside São Tomé’s presidential family enabled the Norwegian seismic services company PGS to obtain two lucrative agreements in 2001. Today the authorities in the African island state are the losers in the game. They signed a production agreement with PGS but ended up with a new business start-up they had never requested. The companies transferred the rights among themselves, and São Tomé became a pawn in their game.

While the Norwegian government has agreed to send 170 Norwegian soldiers to Sudan, the Bergen-based company Rolls-Royce Marine is sending engines in order to pump up oil in the area. “We are not engaged in politics”, the company claims.
In South Africa’s Sheba mine gold thieves are shot and killed, without the police investigating the mining company. Norwatch has visited the partly Norwegian-owned gold mine, where trigger-happy conditions exist.
When Kværners European management last fall found out that the Singapore office had signed a million dollar agreement with Premiere Oil and Myanmar Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE), they ordered the contract to be halted at once. But six months later, the company is still cooperating with the military regime in Burma.
During the past three years Norwegian People’s Aid have made more than 4 million dollars, clearing landmines for Norsk Hydro in South-western Iran. But safety situation the nomads who live in the aera have not been imporoved at all.