Wipro Ltd, a global information technology, consulting and business process services company, has announced that State-owned copper and gold mining company Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has extended its strategic partnership in order to help achieve its Digital Mining Vision 2025.
OTML general manager Business Strategy and Support Derrick Kelly says, “Our partnership with Wipro will allow us to focus on implementing mining best practices across our organization and increase the skill levels of the local workforce in PNG. It will also help us establish a ‘Digital Mine’ of the Future, in one of the remotest locations in the world.”
OTML is recognized as a responsible corporate citizen in PNG and has provided more than three decades of support to the government and people of the Western Province of PNG. Wipro has partnered with OTML to help improve business processes using advanced technologies, and enable its future mode of operations.
Wipro’s Natural Resources business global head Garry Tuckwell says, “Wipro is pleased to have developed this partnership with OTML. We have worked closely with the executive and senior leadership team to help define the key strategic initiatives that will enable the company to realize its future vision and potential. We are excited at the opportunity to leverage our broad set of capabilities, coupled with Ok Tedi’s in-depth mining expertise, to really help transform its mining operations, so that it is well positioned to win in the PNG mining industry, while creating a safe and secure environment for its workforce.”
OTML is establishing a new framework that embraces the role of technology, a new set of capabilities within the organization to successfully use business best practices and systems, and streamline the organization’s operations across the entire value chain, eliminating waste and maximizing shareholder returns from the resources at its disposal.
As part of the partnership, OTML and Wipro have launched the Strongim Future Program - leveraging the SAP ERP application – as a key foundation in the transformation journey. SAP is a leading provider of integrated ERP solutions for the mining and metals industry, enabling customers across the globe to achieve efficiency in their operations. The Strongim Future Program will utilize SAP best practices, replacing a number of legacy systems and putting in place the cornerstone for OTML’s future mode of operations.
Wipro’s Natural Resources division, a part of its Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities (ENU), Strategic Business Unit, provides strategic advice and leverages advanced technology services from across the organization to create game-changing strategies and address key business challenges of the metals and mining industry. Experienced specialists offer services and solutions that incorporate a range of capabilities across the entire value chain, from exploration through feasibility and ultimately operations.
OTML operates the Ok Tedi Mine in the northern part of the Western Province. The mine is an open-pit copper and gold mine near the headwaters of the Ok Tedi River, in the Star Mountains Rural LLG of the North Fly District. Ok Tedi has produced copper and gold from its Mount Fubilan mining operation since 1982.