Porgera Mine Suspends Overseas Flight Arrangements
Barrick Niugini Limited (BNL) is suspending all incoming international travel or Fly In arrangements as of March 20, in line with Government health and safety advice in relation to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation.
BNL Executive Managing Director Anthony Esplin, said the company had advised employees and public officials that incoming international flights would cease with only a limited number of outgoing flights for repatriation of international to their home countries.
“It is important we recognize we all have a part to play in helping prevent the spread of the COVID19 virus, and the precautionary restrictions on travel we have announced today are one way in which our company can assist the State in combating this disease,” said Mr Esplin.
They have a temporarily shifted to a long-roster format at the mine site to allow operations during this period.
“At this stage, we do not anticipate that there will be any major impact on production from these changes – only a small number of our overall workforce are from overseas, and our current in-country management and operations divisions will continue to operate the mine safely during this period,” he said.
These arrangements will be reviewed regularly as the situation requires to ensure that mining operations are being conducted safely and effectively.
A number of other precautionary health procedures for incoming employees are now in place which include temperature scanning, enhanced sanitation and hygiene practices in all work areas.