Australian mining firm trains Filipino miners in $2M underground facility

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CLARK, Pampanga: An Australian mining firm operating in the province of Nueva Vizcaya is set to train some 150 miners with the opening of its US$2-million underground mining facility.

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The new OceanaGold underground mining facility in collaboration with Site Skills Training has an underground metalliferous mining simulator.

The facility boasts of Australian and internationally recognized training of personnel involved in the mining, energy, oil, gas, and construction industry.

OceanaGold is a significant multinational gold producer with mines located in New Zealand and the Philippines.

It started its commercial operations in its Didipio Copper and Gold Project in 2013 and expects to produce 380,000 to 410,000 ounces of gold from the combined New Zealand and Didipio operations and produce 22,000 tons of copper from the Didipio operations.

OceanaGold said it has already trained an initial of 30 students who spent their time at the Site Skills Training Clark Branch and were trained with the highest international standard in underground mining for a period from three to four months.

“We firmly believe that this new development in the mining industry will produce highly skilled mining professionals in the Philippines. And with this, we will be training initially those coming from the surrounding communities in our Didipio Copper and Gold Project in the mountain town of Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya,” said Chito Gozar, OceanaGold’s Senior Vice President for Communications and External Affairs.

He added that the underground simulator has been constructed to provide students an “immersive” environment to best prepare for work in an underground mine.

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