Newcrest brings Clough onboard for Lihir shutdowns

Lihir gold mine in PNG

The Lihir operation in Papua New Guinea. Image: Newcrest Mining

Clough has been awarded a shutdown scope at Newcrest’s Lihir Gold project on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) through its recently launched asset services business, e2o Asset Services.

The asset services team will work with Newcrest to prepare, plan, schedule, execute, close out and improve the site’s grinding and flotation area major planned shutdowns.

The shutdown execution works include planned maintenance work, corrective work and project improvement work.

Lihir’s grinding and flotation area major planned shutdowns are completed every March and September and form part of the site’s larger smart shutdown schedule.

“Clough has over 40 years of experience delivering projects in PNG and this contract will continue to bring opportunities to local talent, businesses and the community at large,” Clough chief executive officer and managing director Peter Bennett said.

Newcrest creates economic value for PNG and local communities including direct revenues from operations, investments in public infrastructure and services, support of local suppliers, and a range of indirect economic benefits.

The Lihir mine employs 4500 people which has a combination of residential and fly-in, fly-out personnel, with around 90 per cent of the employees Papua New Guinean.

“Our history in PNG is extensive and this award ensures we continue to make a positive impact in the PNG community while working with Newcrest to maximise the value of their assets,” Clough vice president services for Queensland and PNG Brent Maas said.

e2o Asset Services was acquired by Clough in 2014. Since then its focus has been on providing workforce management solutions to the infrastructure, energy and resources industries.

Clough will commence work immediately with the first shutdown planned for March 2022.

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