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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    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
    Dunny (Kiwi - R.I.P.) or Lance (Aussie), those names ring any bells?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    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
    Dunny (Kiwi - R.I.P.) or Lance (Aussie), those names ring any bells?
    No mate, they could of been working for the other big mine Phu Bia

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    A few random ones of the sepon Ladies









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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    No mate, they could of been working for the other big mine Phu Bia
    Ah Ok all good.

    I know few others also just can't recollect any names right now.

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    I followed the first one and will follow this one. As always BLD another great thread!

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    What a great job eh. Four wheel driving, camping out, drinking beer and getting paid for it.
    Pity about all the fourpenny bungers still laying around.

    What's with sending in the machete girls first to clear the jungle for the guys with the mine detectors?
    Are the girls bomb-proof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdar View Post
    What a great job eh. Four wheel driving, camping out, drinking beer and getting paid for it.
    Pity about all the fourpenny bungers still laying around.

    What's with sending in the machete girls first to clear the jungle for the guys with the mine detectors?
    Are the girls bomb-proof?
    There are guys on the cutting teams to, but mostly girls, Not sure why that is? One theory i have is the boys, there brothers or there husbands remain on the farm while the girls get sen of for the month ( they rotate villages every month). It certainly strikes me as a dangerous job, The vegetation needs to be cleared in order to search it.

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    Is that donkey water heater solar heated, I didn't see any evidence of a fire under it.

    (edit) OK, had another look.
    As yet unused by the look of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
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    What kind of pay rates were the locals on?
    It varied on what tasks they did for example i think cutters were on about 55000 kip a day. samplers on a drillrig about the same maybe 65000 for night shifts. This rate was actually stipulated by the Lao govt as being fair if you as a foreign company try to pay more than a local company will pay then you are creating a false economy, just the way it is. Personally i would of liked to see them on more but iit wasnt up to me, Certainly skilled Lao geologists engineers were aall on fairly good money by local standards because we could only find them in vientiane sometimes savannakhet. most didnt know much after graduating anyway and still needed a lot of training
    Great thread BLD !

    I'm estimating approx US$ 7 per day = Laokip 55,000.

    Was fraternizing with the work force encouraged ?
    "Surely opportunity only knocks on the door once but temptation just leans on the doorbell."

    When I look and read through your thread I can only imagine the adventures behind those pics.
    Great memories.

    Maybe your next career will be as an environmentalist since you've lived the corporate side and a have vast knowledge of tapping the earth on a larger scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    I Find myself with a bit of time on my hands so im cranking up my mining thread, Some of you may recall i had it archived for fear of loosing my job ,i didnt want that gravy train derailed so the mods tucked it away to be continued at a later date, unfortunately it was lost.

    I worked at the Sepon copper and gold mine for 9 years...
    Which was lost...the archived thread or the job ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdar View Post
    Is that donkey water heater solar heated, I didn't see any evidence of a fire under it.

    (edit) OK, had another look.
    As yet unused by the look of it.
    yep, a new one

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    I Find myself with a bit of time on my hands so im cranking up my mining thread, Some of you may recall i had it archived for fear of loosing my job ,i didnt want that gravy train derailed so the mods tucked it away to be continued at a later date, unfortunately it was lost.

    I worked at the Sepon copper and gold mine for 9 years...
    Which was lost...the archived thread or the job ?
    First the archived thread was lost then a couple of years later the job was lost. I was part of a big group of Farang Redundancies, Seen it coming a mile away, things had been going down the gurgler for quite some time

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeCoffee View Post
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    What kind of pay rates were the locals on?
    It varied on what tasks they did for example i think cutters were on about 55000 kip a day. samplers on a drillrig about the same maybe 65000 for night shifts. This rate was actually stipulated by the Lao govt as being fair if you as a foreign company try to pay more than a local company will pay then you are creating a false economy, just the way it is. Personally i would of liked to see them on more but iit wasnt up to me, Certainly skilled Lao geologists engineers were aall on fairly good money by local standards because we could only find them in vientiane sometimes savannakhet. most didnt know much after graduating anyway and still needed a lot of training
    Great thread BLD !

    I'm estimating approx US$ 7 per day = Laokip 55,000.

    Was fraternizing with the work force encouraged ? It was a sackable offense
    "Surely opportunity only knocks on the door once but temptation just leans on the doorbell."

    When I look and read through your thread I can only imagine the adventures behind those pics.
    Great memories.

    Maybe your next career will be as an environmentalist since you've lived the corporate side and a have vast knowledge of tapping the earth on a larger scale.
    Nope, Enviros are a waste of oxygen. Thats not gonna happen

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    To ceelebrate all that copper being produced over the 10 years management put on a massive pissup etc, but just for management and Lao govt




    The reeled out a few stunners for this


    Handed out a few medals




    Lao deputy prime minister signs of


    its not a Lao piss up without a cake

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdar View Post
    What a great job eh. Four wheel driving, camping out, drinking beer and getting paid for it.

    Livin the dream

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    Apparently Driving one of these things is enough to make somchai wanna nod of



    Unfortunately he fell asleep right on that culvert



    well done somchai

    His mate couldnt decide which side of the road to be in so went Vientiane style and stayed in the middle



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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post


    Damm, that's nice ... I would, I definitely would

    Oh, Oh ... copper mine was it ... I got distracted.

    PS ... if the mine starts up again, or you get a new contract ... I'll come drive for you!
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    Go see what the mining department are up to













    All Good, Crack on
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    Aw fook spoke to soon
















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    As you say you were laid off yourself and the mine is running down, it's obviously brought jobs and prosperity to the region over 10 years; I wonder what will happen to those people and communities once the mine is no longer productive.

    The smart ones might have saved or invested, I bet a lot of the younger ones that have had a taste of a western working environment will upsticks for the city.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    Training department bought them a Dump truck Simulator but they kept crashing that to




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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    As you say you were laid off yourself and the mine is running down, it's obviously brought jobs and prosperity to the region over 10 years; I wonder what will happen to those people and communities once the mine is no longer productive.

    The smart ones might have saved or invested, I bet a lot of the younger ones that have had a taste of a western working environment will upsticks for the city.
    Exactly, Over a number of years you could see thaat the village outside our perimeter was expanding and people had new found wealth to buy farm machinery, build houses etc, A lot of Lao were laid of to. Some people in the community were assisted by CR to set up small enterprise such as farm pigs and vegetables to supply the mine. or silk worm farming, A couple of years ago the company paid all the locals in cash simply because there was no bank within coo ee now the village has an ATM and a petrol station selling fuel from a bowser instead of from a coke bottle, got some pics here somewhere

    Here we are

    some of the things Community relations dept would do would be to get the locals to grow edible crops with a guaranteed buy from the minesite, CR would often provide the startup capital





    Cr handing over hybrid riceseed to 13 target villages





    Things had already slowed down when Gold became uneconomical to mine in 2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    Training department bought them a Dump truck Simulator but they kept crashing that to

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    One thing i did notice was people were starting to build houses in concrete instead of Timber that they would of otherwise foraged for themselves locally, indicating the locals thought the party wasnt going to end either




    Another thing apparent was there shocking taste in color schemes, jayzus the mexicans of asia or what.

    Cr also set them up to supply the hi viz orange and yellow uniforms by the thousands, i guess that business is hurting now




    would of been a nice little earner (for someone)
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    Cr and environment dept also had various villages making bamboo mats to be used as retaining barriers for erosion control on stockpiles and explortion drill pads, Bamboo was free, just go in the jungle and get it then get your whole family to make the mats. exploration paid 5000 kip each and used thousands yearly, guess thats gone now to



    Silkworm farming was another thing






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