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    Sepon had 2 camps Padan and Hinsom , Padan was much older and made of Timber but i preffered it to the new camp



    This is my gaff, For a few beers Fabrication department made me some barstools for outside


    Nothing flash but comfy enough


    even had aussie channel on the Tv


    Both camps had a gym and a fitness trainer is you wanted to get fit


    Food in the mess hall consisted of a choice of Lao or farang, no complaints from me





    Community relations department got the locals onboard and started a Laundry business for them. our Laundry was done for us twice a week



    Laundry cart



    in the wet season camp maintenance would spray our rooms and offices for Mosquitoes, dont want anyone getting dengue or malaria


    Aerial view of padan camp

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    ^ Mate The Gruen Transfer ... one of my favorites.

    Was the real reason you liked the 'old' camp ... air-conditioning?


    BTW ... how long ago did you have this position with the Mining Company?

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    As Modern airbourne geophysical methods of exploration hadnt been done here for the last 15 years or so we It was decided to conduct a heli EM survey to try to identify more drill targets,






    The probe is dangled under the chopper and the survey is flown in a grid pattern




    Shortly after starting CR received complaints from concerned locals thinking they were about to get bombed again
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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    ^ Mate The Gruen Transfer ... one of my favorites.

    Was the real reason you liked the 'old' camp ... air-conditioning?


    BTW ... how long ago did you have this position with the Mining Company?
    Fly camping ( temporary camps) was something we done if our exploration targets were to far away , The 2 sepon camps hinsom and padan were both aircon i liked padan as it was quieter and the new camp was really only converted sea containers, pics of that camp later.

    I was made redundant a little bit over 2 years ago now, had a good run. came on a 6 month contract and stayed for 9 years.

    The department i worked for (Exploration )made there last 50 team members redundant early last year. Theres no ongoing exploration there now, Mine will go for a few more years perhaps?
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    Heres a couple of Aerial views of the pits and surrounding terrain



    making a big Mountain into a little mountain







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    Heres a wild machine purchased from Germany for the UXO clearance team.

    its called a Menzi Muck



    This thing can go just about anywhere




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    More later


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    Where are the macho dancers? Or BLD in his mankini? I feel short-changed... thread title is click-bait!



    Heh. Thnx for the pics, bld, very interesting. I didn't see this thread the 1st time around, so it's a welcome change. Cheers!

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    Great thread mate and some very nice young ladies. It's a bit sad to see some primary jungle being stripped. Any plans on restoration once the mine is played out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    Sorry mate, i never got into the porn biz. this mining thing came along first so i put it on the backburner
    Well I can't pretend that I'm not both angry and disillusioned at the utter lack of porn stars in this thread but it's still a cracker!

    Focking excellent in fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Begbie View Post
    Great thread mate and some very nice young ladies. It's a bit sad to see some primary jungle being stripped. Any plans on restoration once the mine is played out?
    Yes mate. Even though we were a chinese owned mine ( used to be Australian) operating in Laos Things were still done to an High Environmental standard. i do believe they have a mine closure plan. In fact Environment department was huge. Anyway ya cant make an omellete without cracking a few eggs. Anyway plenty of primary jungle to go around.

    Local illegal loggers do a pretty good job of rape and pillage to


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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Where are the macho dancers? Or BLD in his mankini? I feel short-changed... thread title is click-bait!



    Heh. Thnx for the pics, bld, very interesting. I didn't see this thread the 1st time around, so it's a welcome change. Cheers!
    What about Lao batman or superman. No pleasing some folk

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    as said before buddy, always enjoy your stories! cheers for this one

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    The copper plant at sepon is/was probably the most advanced copper cathode producing plant in south east asia. The fucker required a shitload of folk and chemicals to keep it ticking, heres a few pics of that rascal

    Settling tanks









    its all action in the copper plant,





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    The second autoclave being delivered, Having 2 meant the copper process boys could crack on while the other one was down for maintenance win win.



    Still in the copper plant


    This is about as much as i know about how that dirt goes in 1 end and comes out as a sheet of copper at the other end, Smart Coonts the engineers











    The finished product




    govt flunkeys are always onhand to count the outgoing copper,


    Bung it on the truck and get it to bangkok and on the ship

    And off it goes

    Thats a lot of copper

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    An Rc (Reverse circulation) rig 0n an exploration pad


    the geo logs the chips per metre and the Field assistants and day labour split it in 2 and 1 sample gets sent to the lab, the other one is retained as a reference sample if its twin comes back with a good result


    A small LM 70 diamond core rig
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    one of shrewed punters dates?


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    The drillers have there own share of fuck ups to

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    You ever meet a guy called Johnny Johnson RIP?

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    I wonder if we don't actually know some of the same people, Beery.

    There were a few mining-types I've met over the years here in CM that worked around the region.

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    I'll see your copper/gold mine and raise you a pulpmill



    But I don't take many photos! Above is a URL

    As is this version of your loggers

    No one on TD is gay. If suspect, it was probably because of the way they were reared.
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    You people, you think I know feck nothing; I tell you: I know feck all
    How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.

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    In some cases the target we want to drill is simply to steep and inaccessible to get a track powered rig to site, when that happens we use a man portable, this rig can be broken down and carried up the hill to be re assembled



    Its not a job anybody enjoys, even the track to the pad has to be cut by hand




    There goes the mast






    The Lao boys are a lot stronger than they look
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    You ever meet a guy called Johnny Johnson RIP?
    yes mate, i knew johnny johnson well. quite a character

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    I wonder if we don't actually know some of the same people, Beery.

    There were a few mining-types I've met over the years here in CM that worked around the region.
    quite possibly, a lot of expats had the choice of flying back to there point of hire or Taking $1200 instead and taking there R&R elsewhere in the region. a lot of guys onsite opted for chiang mai

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    I'll see your copper/gold mine and raise you a pulpmill



    But I don't take many photos! Above is a URL

    As is this version of your loggers

    where is that?

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