The outgoing Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Ok Tedi Mining Ltd (OTML) Musje Werror boarded the OTML Charter one last time on the 5th December 2022 as he was farewelled at the Tabubil Airport.

It was an emotional atmosphere at the Tabubil airport as employees, business partners and Tabubil residents turned up to farewell Mr. Werror. Mr. Werror embraced and said goodbye to everyone in a guard of honour which lined from the terminal to the aircraft, followed by a water cannon salute as the aircraft taxied to the runway.

A dinner was held last weekend where OTML management, employees, business partners and community leaders paid tribute to Mr. Werror’s service and contribution to OTML.

OTML Board Chairman, Dr. Roger Higgins, said in a letter read at the dinner that Mr. Werror deserved all the congratulations and accolades for his many achievements and that he still had more to offer beyond OTML.

“You have much more to give to Papua New Guinea and the mining industry internationally. I have no doubt you will have opportunities to do this in the coming years,” said Dr. Higgins.

OTML Acting CEO, Mark Thompson, said in his farewell speech to Mr Werror that “you should leave in the knowledge that you have made an extraordinary contribution to OTML and to the people of the Western Province and Papua New Guinea. It has been a privilege to work with and for you, and be assured that we will all continue to work together in the spirit of ‘One Team, Wan Pasin’ to realise the journey you have commenced.”

Mr. Werror encouraged those who gathered during his farewell dinner, as well as various teams he visited before his departure, to continue to support OTML’s vision to make OTML the leading mining company in PNG.

Mr. Werror added “This is the opportunity for Papua New Guineans to show what we can do. I believe that we can and we will become the leading PNG mining company.

Mr. Werror’s tenure as MD and CEO ended formally on 1st of December concluding 34 years of service with OTML.