Blue Ocean Monitoring (“BOM”), the provider of real-time ocean data services, is pleased to announce the completion of a contract in Indonesia working for PT Newmont Nusa Tenggara (PTNNT), which is a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world's largest gold producers with assets or operations on five continents.
BOM’s task was to utilise its Slocum Glider to monitor PTNNT’s Tailings Placement Program (“Placement Program”) at its Batu Hijau copper-gold mine in Sumbawa, Indonesia. The Program involves the tailings from the mine being piped (3.2 km) out to sea and deposited off the Continental Shelf, where the depth reaches in excess of 4,000 m.
BOM’s Slocum Glider, an autonomous underwater vehicle, was deployed to monitor that the tailings were not being disbursed into the coastal environment of Sumbawa or surface waters. The monitoring program lasted for 3 weeks.
BOM has a fleet of 4 gliders, making it the largest commercial Slocum glider operator globally. The glider provides persistent near-real time ocean information via a secure proprietary data acquisition & visualisation system.
Newmont is a $11bn market cap Fortune 500 listed Company. Newmont’s Placement Program at Batu Hijau is in line with the Company’s commitment to meeting its environmental responsibilities.
Tonny Bachtiar, PT Newmont’s General Supervisor Environmental Monitoring stated “The monitoring project, led by Ben Hollings of Blue Ocean Monitoring, in our view was very successful and demonstrates our willingness to introduce new technology to show our commitment to the environment.”
Simon Illingworth, CEO of Blue Ocean Monitoring said “We were very happy to work with a company of PT Newmont‘s size and standing. The project ran smoothly from start to finish and the data returned by the glider showed the Placement Program is proving to be a success.
The Glider was able to determine quickly at the outset of the project whether Newmont’s Tailings Placement Program was doing what it had been designed to achieve. This was very important given the cost, magnitude and environmental sensitive nature of the Program.”
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