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The Horse Breeder, the Novelist and the $60 Billion Mine

  • Entrepreneurs try to revive one of the world’s bloodiest mines
  • Panguna mine could help fund independence for Bougainville
The Panguna Copper mine, which halted operation in 1989.
The Panguna Copper mine, which halted operation in 1989.Photographer: Friedrich Stark/Alamy
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John Kuhns has been many things: an investment banker, a silicon smelter operator in China and a novelist. His sights are now set on an abandoned mine with an estimated $60 billion of gold and copper.