Newcrest Lihir

Lihir team tops lab comp

The Lihir team has beat 117 other laboratories world-wide.

The assay laboratory participants were commended for their efforts and recognised in a small gift presentation ceremony organised by superintendent metallurgy, Samuel Litson.

Principal operations chemist, John Morgan, said the team achieved the most precise and accurate result for a set of Sulphur assays, from 117 laboratories.

Lihir Landowners’ Resettlement

The project will also help further develop the Londolovit Township.

Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, John Rosso, visited Lihir last week with a technical team from the department, led by Secretary Benjamin Samson, where he met with company officials and local leaders to support and help facilitate this project.

The resettlement process has been made easier since Newcrest has a State Lease over the proposed resettlement site. The project also coincides with the ongoing reforms being planned and carried out by the Department of Lands and Physical Planning.

Apprentices Complete Program

This is the 17th batch to complete the program and includes two brothers and a husband and wife. A first for the program.

The group, who are mostly locals, received accreditation in metal fabrication welding, diesel fitting mechanic, electrical mechanic, refrigeration mechanic, auto electrical mechanic, heavy equipment fitting, and maintenance fitting and machining. 

They are the 17th batch to graduate under Newcrest Lihir’s apprenticeship program – a training program that started in 2004. 

Simulator Boosts Training

So far, 40 employees have gone through the practical simulator training for shovels, diggers and haul trucks using the PRO4-B.

Senior Specialist – Mining Systems, Yanzan Aki, said the new simulator, PRO4-B, is optimised for surface mining and comes with different kits for various equipment training.

Teacher In-Service program with DWU

The program started in June this year and is one of 10 programs under Newcrest Lihir’s ‘School to Mine’ program, aimed at enhancing the education sector in Lihir. Through this program, teachers in Lihir can upgrade their qualifications from a diploma to a bachelor in primary education. DWU is delivering the bachelor program at Lihir’s School to Mine Campus with the support of STM staff.

Lihir steps up on operational sustainability

This is part of maintaining its operational sustainability and ensuring a safe and reliable service to all stakeholders in Lihir.

Lihir’s DPS generates and distributes electricity to the process plant, mine operation, Londolovit Township and the Lihirian communities.

The teams started repair work early this year and have been working together to deliver this project as part of their Transformation 2 commitment in enhancing stability in the operation.

Lihir embraces technology, innovation

One such project is the Semi-Autogenous Grinding (SAG) mills’ ball feeder project which significantly reflects Lihir’s Transformation 2 journey in reaching full potential.

Lihir’s Project & Engineering (P&E) team initiated the project in 2018 and collaborated with business partners Walz and CEQ. The aim of the project is to replace the current manual ball loading system used at the operation’s SAG mills with an automated ball loading system.

Lihir team upskilled in data control

The two-week intensive training course provided Lihirian-born senior advisor Alphonse Ama, environment specialist Augustine Kalenai, superintendent Kolish Robin, environment officers Tyrrell Sardo and Rose Mataria, environment graduate Doris Kei and advisor Nega Roga with skills on sample planning, data quality control, automated field and laboratory data loading, custom reporting configuration, dashboard creation and auto-alert email configuration.

Lihir joins global contract management association

Three Papua New Guinean employees from Lihir’s Contracts Management Process (CMP) team have obtained ‘Contract and Commercial Management Associate’ status (CCMA) from IACCM. Contracts Services & Compliance Superintendent Alplena Waho and Senior Advisors Alphonse Norrie and Sharon Ignas are the first in Lihir to achieve this status.

Inaugural Trupla Man Trupla Meri Day

With the official 2019 theme ‘The Change Factor’ and slogan #MakeItHappen, the business aims to celebrate and reflect on the TMTM journey since the program rolled out in 2015 and officially launched in May 2018.

“The upcoming event creates a significant opportunity for the business to appreciate and recognise TMTM advocates, champions and business partners who have been passionately advocating safe and positive behaviour,” said Felix Tavil, Head of Lihir’s Business Support department.