OK Tedi produces 10, 000 tonnes of copper

Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has produced 10 thousand dry metric tonnes of copper concentrate since it restarted of operations beginning of this month.

The cargo is now being assembled on the silo vessel, the Kumul Arrow, anchored in Port Moresby.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Peter Graham said OTML operations are off to a very encouraging start following the return of employees from a seven month suspension due to dry weather.

He said the work completed on major projects during the temporary shutdown has positioned the company very well.

“Our workforce has returned enthusiastic to get restarted.”

Graham added that the immediate priority is ensuring safe operation as they adjust to their work routine.

The Company also confirmed that following heavy rains during recent weeks the water level in the Fly River is now sufficient to sustain ship traffic.

With the installation and commissioning of the new replacement SAG Mill shell expected to be complete in about a week, Ok Tedi will then return to full scale production.

Freddy Mou