Congratulations to our students at Ok Tedi Mine, PNG

Thomson Bridge is very proud of the first of our four classes at Ok Tedi Mine in PNG

This class achieved their Certification in high voltage underground polymeric cable jointing. The four week-long courses involve a total of 40 students and is part of Ok Tedi’s targeted skill development programs. The course is being run by our Subject Matter Expert, Andrew Garvey. 

Andrew has previously performed cable jointing and termination work on mine sites in PNG and has drawn on this experience to develop this program, working closely with site supervisors.

“Students and staff have bought to this project some innovative thinking and collaboration. It’s great to see so much enthusiasm”, say Andrew commenting on the first week on site. “The course provides good foundation skills for inexperienced workers and introduces some new techniques for the more experienced operators.”

Established in 1981, Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) operates  the longest running open-pit copper, gold and silver mine in Papua New Guinea. It is a major producer of copper concentrate for the world smelting and refinery markets. Today OTML is a 100 percent Papua New Guinea (PNG) owned entity with 67 percent direct shareholding by the Independent State of PNG and the people of Western Province holding a 33 percent interest.

100% of the benefits from its operations are distributed to the people of Western Province and the State.

OTML has a proud record of nurturing and developing Papua New Guineans to progress their careers in the mining industry. This has allowed the localisation of many positions historically held by expatriates. 

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