Ok Tedi Mining Limited’s (OTML) operations are on track amidst recent concerns about the dry weather conditions in the Western Province.
Responding to numerous queries by the mainstream media, OTML Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kedi Ilimbit said, “OTML is monitoring the situation and has a comprehensive Dry Weather Management Plan and an El Nino Management Plan which will be evoked accordingly when required.”
“I want to assure the OTML workforce, business partners, community members, and stakeholders that we are monitoring the weather conditions accordingly as well as keeping a close watch on our critical supplies’ stock,” Mr Ilimbit said.
He further added that it had been raining in Tabubil thus the Company’s electricity requirements are being met with its complementary hydro power supply at its Ok Menga Hydro Power Station as well as its Thermal Power station.
Mr Ilimbit said the company is also monitoring the fluctuating dry and wet weather conditions which are similar or consistent to patterns observed in 2014 leading up to the 2015/16 El Nino event and 1996 leading up to the 1997/1998 El Nino event.
“We don’t know how long the fluctuations will last this time before there is an official declaration of El Nino by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as well as PNG’s National Weather Service which provide weather reports to OTML but for now operations at OTML continues as normal,” he said.