• Sat. Oct 24th, 2020

Freeport does a balancing act as world’s supreme gold mine grapples with COVID-19

Freeport does a balancing act as world’s supreme gold mine grapples with COVID-19
By Fathin Ungku, Ernest Scheyder

SINGAPORE/HOUSTON (Reuters) – When miners at Indonesia’s giant Grasberg gold and copper mine began checking out sure for coronavirus early in the pandemic, the mountain-high mining advanced used to be quick locked down with a skeletal employees left in station to retain manufacturing.

FILE PHOTO: Freeport employees fetch round a security gate on the Grasberg mine condominium at Tembagapura, in Indonesia’s Papua province, August 14, 2013. REUTERS/Muhammad Yamin/File Inform

But as months of plod curbs dragged on, infected employees blockaded the mine for four days in August till the operator – a unit of U.S. miner Freeport McMoRan Inc – relented and let them resume weekly rotations out of the positioning by task of a four-hour high-tail by cable automobile and bus to cities beneath.

Now the workers are happier, nevertheless health consultants anxiety the bigger threat of a brand new outbreak.

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