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Ok Tedi Mine - A World of its Own

The ore deposit was discovered by Kennecott company in 1968, but Kennecott dropped the project. BHP and several other companies took over, formed the mining company Ok Tedi Mine Limited (OTML),  and started production in 1984. 

To develope the site, a mining town, Tabubil was built. The area of the town is one of the "leases" to OTML, which means, it is formally private ground. The town depends on the mine - energy supply, drinking water, waste water treatment, traffic connections. 

Streetscene Tabubil

From Tabubil to the mine, a 20 km access road was laid, and between Tabubil and Kiunga, the port on the Fly River, another new road had to be built. On the Ok Menga, a tributary south of Tabubil, a power plant was installed, that serves the mine and the town. Despite enormous rainfall on Mt. Fubilan, additional water from another river is deviated to the mine, to feed the flotation facility. The slurry of ore concentrate is brought through a 15 cm pipeline from the mine to Kiunga. 

Ore concentrate pipe

The thin grey pipe at the side of the road carries the product.

Milling water pipe

The big pipe supplies water to the mill and flotation utilities

In the videoclip, the drive from Tabubil to the mine is displayed. Watch the different pipelines!

 Digging a pit 

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