Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML)

COVID-19 cases force Ok Tedi Mine suspension

This has occurred despite Ok Tedi implementing a shutdown of all charter flights in and out of Tabubil on Tuesday 28 July 2020. This action was taken in response to the escalation of positive cases in Port Moresby, and with intent of protecting our workforce, our community and our operation.

The source of transmission is a person who travelled from Port Moresby to Kiunga on Friday 31 July 2020 on a commercial airline. Unfortunately, one of the positive cases in Tabubil is an employee who inadvertently caught the virus from a close contact of the Kiunga traveller.

Humbling medevac experience

Angela Gul, an intensive care nurse was part of the medevac on June 24 that went to Seltamin village, about 30 minutes by chopper from Tabubil, to rescue young Moses Stanley who had been suffering from diarrhoea and fever for a month.

When the medevac team arrived at the village, the boy was very pale and dehydrated and was lying in his mother’s arm. Young Moses was also a septicaemia patient which added to his deteriorating condition.

Gul was able to stabilise the boy with saline fluids while in the chopper returning to Tabubil.

All OTML COVID-19 test results return negative

OTML Managing Director and CEO Peter Graham said the three individuals and their close contacts – who have each been under quarantine – have all been cleared after final medical checks.

Between March 15th and March 20th, OTML identified seven (7) potential cases, for whom samples were sent to the PNG Institute of Medical Research (IMR) for testing.

While the results for the first four cases returned negative last week, up until yesterday OTML was still awaiting the results for the remaining three cases.

Over 50,000 people NID registered in Western

So far a total of 53,915 people from the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) communities, OTML employees, contractors and dependents from Kiunga, Tabubil, Bige and Port Moresby offices, including government workers and other service providers in Tabubil, have registered.

There are currently two teams doing NID registrations for the CMCA villages; one covering land-based villages and the other covering river-based villages.

Land based villages include those along the Kiunga-Tabubil Highway, and river based are located along the Fly River corridor.

NID office opens in Tabubil

This is to progress the roll out of NID registrations in the township and Western Province communities.

To coincide with the opening, the Acting Registrar General of PNG Civil and Identity Registry, Noel Mobiha, under the Civil Registration Act Amended 2014, appointed Jeffrey Tom of Ok Tedi Mining Limited and Benny Gapi, Team Leader of the NID Project based in Tabubil, as mine site registrars.

New vehicles for Western police

Manager APD Peter Senat said OTML and the Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNGC) have had a good relationship for many years and this relationship has been further strengthened with the renewing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for another five years.

“We understand the importance of the Mobile Squad carrying out their constitutional duties while on deployment in our operational areas. The two new vehicles have been purchased to replace the existing two.

Ok Tedi supports roll out of NID

The work is being completed under an MOU signed in July 2018 between Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) and PNG Civil and Identity Registry (PNGCIR), sponsored by Minister Richard Maru.

A team comprising OTML Community Relations officers, eight PNGCIR registration and data entry supervisors, and local casuals completed one month’s training on the NID registration and data processes.

They then commenced a six-month trial covering employees and residents of Tabubil Township, Mine Area Landowners and 24 CMCA communities along the Tabubil – Kiunga Highway, at a cost of K730,000.

Woman leader scoops inaugural award

The award recognises her leadership in development programs for women and children in the Middle Fly Region in Western Province. The award was previously announced at the Mining and Petroleum Conference in Sydney but unfortunately, Matthews was unable to attend.

The award was accepted on her behalf by Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Peter Graham.

Dry spell affects OTML operations

In a statement, the firm said: “OTML management has not activated dry weather measures at this stage, but continues to carefully monitor weather forecasts and stocks of critical supplies including food, diesel and urgent parts.

“Over the past 25 days rainfall has been negligible. Most OTML vessels are stranded in the Fly River, unable to deliver critical supplies into Kiunga or shipments of copper concentrate out. At a minimum, occasional heavy storms are needed in the Fly River catchment to allow vessels to transit through the shallows.

OTML completes hydrometric network upgrade

The project began in January of 2015 and involved the replacement of 22 old hydrometric stations and construction of new ones at strategic locations in the headwater catchments and along the Ok Tedi and Fly River channels.

These stations will monitor and collect hydrometric information needed to support OTML operations; such as shipping and the Bige Dredge Operation by providing hydrometric data such as rainfall, river level, river flow/ flow rates, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and solar radiation.