The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry finally gave US mining giant Freeport Indonesia permission to reopen its Grasberg mine, which was closed last month following an accident which killed four workers.
The accident occurred when a Toyota van carrying nine people and a haul truck collided at the Grasberg open-pit mine.
R. Sukhyar, director general for coal and mineral resources, said the permission was issued after Freeport implemented all recommended safety improvements.
"Freeport’s operation has resumed yesterday afternoon [Monday] and the permission was issued by the technic and environment director," said Sukhyar in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Eko Gunarto, head of the ministry’s mining safety division, also confirmed that the giant miner has fulfilled all safety requirements called 1BPR, also known as danger identification, assessment, and risk control in all areas in Grasberg.
"They have made improvements and gave safety assurance. That’s why we issued the permission," said Eko.
The ministry recommended Freeport to re-educate all truck operators regarding standard operating procedures on also regarding how to operate haul trucks in the Grasberg area.
The ministry also recommended all communications between mobile equipment units should be in top condition and to improve coordination between on-duty supervisors and operators. Another implemented recommendation was to set up a standard operating procedure for facility and infrastructure construction processes related to traffic control.
The government office also recommended the miner carry out the lBPR standard on airport, mobile equipment parking space and active mining routes in all Grasberg operations and to carry out traffic management based on the IBPR and associated priority scale.
The ministry had said that mining activities in Grasberg can only be fully resumed after Freeport fulfilled all five recommendations and reported to the ministry’s mining inspector head. The last recommendation was that all activities related to maintenance of the mine such as slope stability of overburden dumps, road maintenance, water pumping, mud digging, and must be carried out.
Source : JakartaGlobe, October 15, 2014