Freeport Indonesia resumes mine work after deaths

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 12:19pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 May, 2013, 12:39pm

PT Freeport Indonesia has resuming mining operations at the giant US-owned gold and copper mine where a tunnel collapse killed 28 workers two weeks ago.

A company statement late Wednesday said activities restarted gradually since Tuesday. Inspectors from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources have completed their initial investigation and issued recommendations to the mine.

The roof of a tunnel inside the Big Gossan facility collapsed May 14 while workers were undergoing safety training. Ten were rescued.

Operations at the Grasberg mine, owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, were suspended to respect the victims and recover their bodies.

More than 20,000 workers are employed at the mine in the resource-rich but impoverished area in Papua province.