Ok Tedi expects road clearance today

Ok Tedi Mining Limited expects a section of the landslip affected road to be cleared today as efforts to recover from Monday’s earthquake are underway.

During Monday’s earthquake, a landslip occurred in Western Province, blocking off access to the Ok Tedi Mine road.

The landslip also damaged water and concentrate pipeline and it will take days before the pipes are restored.

Ok Tedi managing director and CEO, Peter Graham, said they hope to have the road cleared by the end of today to allow access for light vehicles into and out of the mine.

“It will take us another day or so for buses to move across. It may take us up to several days to a week to cut the pipelines and we’ll get specialist welders to reinforce the pipelines,” he said.

Graham said they are working around the clock to address the landslip.

Cedric Patjole