Workplace mentoring at Marampa Iron Ore Mine in Sierra Leone, West Africa

Workplace mentoring at Marampa Iron Ore Mine in Sierra Leone, West Africa

RES has a close association with Ausenco, a global engineering, consulting and project delivery provider to the minerals and metals, oil and gas, and industrial markets. Through Ausenco RES has access to a vast pool of international experience in delivering community development opportunities in remote and challenging locations around the world.

As part of their client solutions offering Ausenco, and its PNG-based joint venture company Kramer Ausenco, also provide specialist advisory services in areas such as occupational health and safety, government relations, investor/stakeholder management, crisis management, and complex or sensitive legal, commercial and regulatory issues, and community relationships.

Both RES and Ausenco understand that for any project to be successful, effective engagement with stakeholders including the local community is imperative. Close attention to health and safety is matched by a focus on the protection of the local environment and the training, development and integration of local personnel into a project’s workforce, demonstrated by the project examples listed below.

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Examples of Ausenco’s project-based community engagement


Marampa Iron Ore Project, Sierra Leone

As part of its operational readiness and technical support for the Marampa iron ore beneficiation plant and port facility, Ausenco was involved in the recruitment and training of local employees. Ausenco developed and delivered an aptitude test to 400 local people from which a group of 50 was selected for plant induction and further core skill training. An impressive 98% of those selected passed.

Lumwana Copper Project, Zambia

On Barrick Gold’s Lumwana Copper Project in North Western Zambia, Ausenco successfully engaged a peak construction workforce of 2,300 personnel with utilised 90% local Zambian labour with over 5 million job-hours worked LTI-free.

Sabodala Gold Project, Senegal

Ausenco provided EPCM, Commissioning and Performance Testing services for the delivery of the 2.0 Mt/y gold mine processing plant and associated infrastructure, including a 650-man accommodation facility, mine vehicle workshop and light industrial areas. Peak project manning onsite of 1,200 personnel with 80% Senegalese semi-skilled and unskilled labour use. Ausenco performed over 2 million managed job-hours with 1 LTI, an impressive statistic given the predominantly Senegalese labour force that came to the project with minimal safety awareness.

Phu Kham Copper/Gold Project, Laos

Ausenco was commissioned to be the EPCM consultant for the design, construction and commissioning of the 12 Mt/y copper concentrator. Ausenco undertook the engineering, procurement and construction management utilising its Manila office for the detailed engineering phase. Ausenco also developed the process facilities for the project while the client was responsible for the general infrastructure and bulk earthworks. A safety record boasts over 3 million job hours worked LTI-free. The peak construction workforce of 3,400 personnel consisted of 90% local Thai and Lao labour employed during the construction period.

Papua New Guinea and South Pacific operations

Kramer Ausenco

Kramer Ausenco is a 50/50 merger between the Kramer Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering and architectural firm based in Papua New Guinea, and Ausenco. With more than 100 staff across seven locations, the vast majority of Kramer Ausenco’s employees are citizens of the countries in which they work. Kramer Ausenco undertakes a range of activities with local indigenous people including engagement, employment and business development initiatives around new projects. RES Director, Mal Meninga, has often been involved in these initiatives which has been extremely useful given Mal’s popularity and very high standing in communities in this region.

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