Recently, MineARC has contributed to the Site Skills Training Centre, located in the northern Philippines island of Luzon. Operating as a joint venture with multinational gold and copper producer OceanaGold, the 30,000m2 training facility can cater for several thousand people at any one time.
The ‘underground’ simulation area of the centre is fabricated from a series of above-ground buildings; the interior shotcrete gives the realistic appearance of a real-life underground mine. A replica MineARC refuge chamber is a key feature of the underground facility and is regularly utilised to conduct emergency response training.
Also, MineARC has donated samples of various safety products to facilitate the training program, including MARCISORB chemical cartridges and manual gas detection equipment. MineARC’s Business Development Manager, Kane Read, was pleased to attend the training centre’s official opening in September of last year. Moving forward, MineARC will continue to work closely with Site Skills and OceanaGold to increase the standard of mine safety training in the Philippines.
To read more about the OceanaGold Site Skills Training centre, please click here.
The Importance of Refuge Chamber Operational Training
MineARC is always keen to support our clients in their advocacy of mining safety in the industry. Over the years, we have been involved in the development of various training centres and educational endeavours, including the Murray Engineering Training Center, the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the Perth Central Institute of Technology CUT Mine.