HEAT Road / Ilyas Road Inauguration
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Grasberg Open Pit Mine, the Anniversary Committee held an event to inaugurate the Grasberg HEAT Road / Ilyas Road (23/5). This activity was in appreciation of the role PTFI's Grasberg Open Pit Mine has played in advancing PTFI, and its contribution to Indonesia and the world.
Heat Road (Heavy Equipment Access Trail) is an access road connecting the open pit mine to the ore processing area. Heat road traverses one of the toughest terrains in the world, and the architect of its construction was a native Indonesian, Hamid Ilyas. We gain an idea of the importance of Heat Road when we realize that without it, economic mining of the immense Grasberg deposit would not be possible.
Heat Road, initiated by Hamid Ilyas, is the largest single contribution to the development of Grasberg. Inauguration of Heat Road / Ilyas Road was part of a sequence of activities celebrating 25 Years of the Grasberg Open Pit Mine. The name Ilyas Road was added on to honor Hamid Ilyas for his contribution to PT Freeport Indonesia. In tune with the theme carried in the Grasberg 25th anniversary celebrations, "Papuan Masterpieces for the nation", Hamid Ilyas's Heat Road is indeed his masterpiece to Grasberg.
Nurhadi Sabirin, Wahyu Sunyoto, Sudjatmoko, Brian Clark, Stephen Bennet, and Ardhin Yuniar were in attendance representing PTFI Management. Heat Road initiator Ilyas Hamid was present as the guest of honor.
In his speech, VP, Surface Mine, Sudjatmoko described the service rendered by Ilyas Hamid as crucial to the success of PT Freeport Indonesia mining. "We will always remember you, Mr Ilyas, and on this occasion to commemorate Grasberg's 25th year, we wish to honor the service you have rendered us," he said.
On a similar note, EVP & General Manager Nurhadi Sabirin said since its construction 20 years ago, Heat Road has become a mainstay of PTFI mining operations. As the main access road to Grasberg, it provides immense facilitation. "Heat Road is proof positive of Ilyas's role in building the road we are proud of, with dedication, perseverance, and an unyielding spirit in the face of equipment and manpower limitations," he said.
HEAT Road was even featured in a globally broadcast National Geographic Channel program, as a remarkable mega structure.
The inauguration was marked by Ilyas Hamid's unveiling of an information board describing the Heat Road / Ilyas Road, after which he was presented with a Heat Road replica and a copper helmet by Jatmoko and Nurhadi Sabirin in gratitude for the accomplishment made for Freeport Indonesia.
"The 25-year history of the Grasberg open pit is one of a long journey filled with much joy and sorrow that has provided us with lessons. Let us close this mine safely and efficiently, and get ready to venture into the underground mine that will become our future source of pride, " Nurhadi concluded. (Kiki Amalia / Miko Sularso)
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