Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has an established, reliable supply chain for the purchase of goods and services. The Contracts and Procurement Department manages contracts for the supply of major consumables like fuel, tyres, grinding media, explosives, mining spare parts and short term contracts or purchase orders for smaller orders.
Wherever possible, goods are sourced from within Western Province or Papua New Guinea. Supplies are generally shipped to Kiunga and then transported by road to the mine and Tabubil, with some items transported by air.
Major changes to the supply chain in 2013, included the following:
- Two new Series 400 Twin Otter aeroplanes were leased, the existing two Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft were upgraded and an additional Dash 8 was added to the fleet
- Two new replacement ships were added to the marine fleet ('MV Fly Alliance' and 'MV Kumul Arrow')
- Seven new Volvo Prime Mover trucks were added to the transport fleet as part of a planned replacement programme.
The Contracts and Procurement department completes commercial reference checks for potential suppliers for financial solvency, reliability of supply and health and safety performance.