Tag Archives: PTFI

Goodbye MZS!

When Ally and Kylee’s feet climbed the steep, metal steps of the school bus this morning, a dizzying array of emotions surged through their bodies as they prepared for their final day of school in Tembagapura. Feelings of excitement, trepidation, … Continue reading

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Grasberg

Before moving to Tembagapura, Chris worked in Freeport’s corporate office as part of the global health & safety team. His responsibilities included quarterly visits to PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI, Freeport’s affiliate in Indonesia). Each visit would end with a new collection … Continue reading

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Endings (and Beginnings)

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Including our family’s adventures in Indonesia. After three years of living the strangest, most extraordinary life imaginable, it’s time for us to pack our bags and return to suburbia. The bittersweet countdown … Continue reading

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Namibia

Our vacations are most meaningful when they take us by surprise for a richer, more profound experience. This vacation transcended that expectation. With its formidable energy, the spirit of Africa engulfed us. It was impossible not to recognize a deeper … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

A typical afternoon shower turned into a fierce downpour yesterday afternoon. Torrential rains swept through Tembagapura in a 50-year storm that triggered floods, landslides, and power outages, which resulted in varying degrees of destruction throughout the small mining town. The … Continue reading

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Psych!

The scope of our Indonesian adventure moves in a dynamic state of flux, and it never fails to surprise us. My last post alluded to the fact that we boarded the plane and arrived in Timika, but that didn’t happen. … Continue reading

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Mill and Mario Brothers’ Mining

Last week MZS’s fourth-grade and fifth-grade students left the familiar confines of their classrooms and journeyed into the mysterious territory of their fathers’ workplace. They traveled beyond the roads they knew, passed by buildings they had never seen, and went … Continue reading

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6 Kilometers Underground

PTFI has several of the fastest growing underground mines in the industry. In 2017, when GBC (Grasberg Block Cave) begins production, it will be the largest underground hard rock mine in the world, and PTFI’s collection of GBC, DOZ (Deep … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Strike

PTFI was on the cusp of recovering from last October’s strike when a small number of Tujuh Suku, the seven tribes, blocked the access road to the underground mine and the open pit with a piece of heavy equipment early … Continue reading

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Relocation

On January 1, 2015, two police Mobile Brigade personnel and a Freeport security officer were killed in an attack led by an armed gang (allegedly) affiliated with the “Free Papua” separatist movement. The government immediately deployed a joint security team … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

Translating from one language to another language can be a difficult task, especially if one of the two languages is English. The English language has specific rules that govern how its words are used and what they mean, making the … Continue reading

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Export Ban – Part II

After a six-month stalemate, a strategic agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, was recently signed by the Indonesian government and Freeport-McMoRan. The purpose of the agreement was to open a window for continued negotiations. It provides a … Continue reading

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