THE road link between Tabubil and the Ok Tedi mine has been re-established after excavation work over the weekend cleared soil and debris from last week’s landslip at Yuk Creek.
Until the road is fully restored, access is allowed only for OTML vehicles and authorised personnel. The road will be closed to all traffic from 9am-4pm and 7:30pm-5:30am to allow remedial works to continue.
The copper concentrate pipeline remains dislodged from its footings, but is still intact. Company engineers are working on this and it may take up to two weeks before production returns to normal.
The OTML Community Relations Department have advised settlers in the vicinity of Yuk Creek to evacuate the area for their own safety as the soil structure at the top of the creek remains unstable and is still moving with continued high rainfall.
Geotechnical assessments are continuing at the site of the land slip and earth movement at the site is closely being monitored.
Helicopters are still being used to airlift supplies to the mine and villages affected by the slip.
Water supply to Tabubil has been partially restored and Tabubil Hospital has returnd to full operation.
OTML Management expressed its appreciation to all employees and contractors who worked over the weekend under trying conditions to reopen the road and restore the water supply.