At the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, an intense blaster training summit is being hosted by Orica Mining Services, the largest explosives manufacturer in the world. This summit is being organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission.
Orica is a provider of explosives all over the world with headquarters in Australia. Orica has about 15,000 people located all over the world and generates over $5 billion in yearly sales. The blasting “Innovation Summit 2023” was organized with the participation of a high-level 11-member team comprising of experienced mining engineers and senior management employees. These individuals traveled from Chile, Colombia, and Panama in order to participate. The summit showcased contemporary blasting techniques and technology.
Over 125 individuals were present, including representatives and owners of all active quarries, representatives of several gold mines, members of the gold and diamond miners organization, as well as blasters and field staff from throughout Guyana.
The Guyana Mining School, the Guyana General Mining Corporation (GGMC), the Guyana Police Force, and the Guyana Army all participated in the summit and sent officials from their respective areas. Officials such as the Minister of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharrat, the Commissioner of the GGMC, Mr. Newell Dennison, and Mr. Vaughn Felix, administrator of the Mining School, were present at the event.
Orica’s Group Executive and President of Latin America, Mr. Brian Gillespie, expressed Orica’s gratitude for its partnership with Guyana and its representative, Mr. Devindra Kissoon, and announced that Orica intends to immediately expand its operations in Guyana with a managed explosives warehouse facility. Mr. Gillespie also stated that Orica intends to immediately expand its operations in Guyana with a managed explosives warehouse facility.
He added that Orica now supplies explosives to Guyana through a complex supply chain that originates from Orica’s plants in the United States of America, Peru, Columbia, Mexico, and Brazil. This is done to ensure that all end users get their product regardless of the conditions of the international market. He stated that even when the supply of raw materials was hampered by Russian sanctions, Orica guaranteed that none of its customer’s mining operations were damaged by immediately leveraging its enormous resources to procure raw materials internationally. This enabled Orica to ensure that none of its customers’ mining operations were disrupted.
He said that Orica is actively contemplating the impending building of an explosives factory in Guyana, which, if constructed, would serve not only Guyana but also nearby Caribbean nations. If this facility were to be installed, it would serve not only Guyana but also adjacent Caribbean countries.
Mr. Mark De Castro, General Manager of Orica Colombia and the Caribbean, explained that the summit was a part of Orica’s aggressive initiative to provide all existing operations and quarry startups with continuous technical support and training necessary to optimize production and reduce costs in order to supply aggregate to the construction sector. This was described as part of Orica’s aggressive initiative to provide all existing operations and quarry startups with continuous technical support and training.
Orica was given a warm welcome by prominent attorney Devindra Kissoon, who emphasized that in over 40 years of service to Guyana, there has not been a single explosion safety event involving explosives.
The Honorable Minister of Vickram Bharrat delivered the keynote presentation. In it, he thanked Orica for its investment in the quarrying and gold mining industries in Guyana and expressed his gratitude for the company’s efforts. He went on to explain that the initiative taken by Orica was crucial to the success of the government’s infrastructure projects and was evidence of the government’s commitment to ensure that oil and gas were not the only area of concentration in Guyana but that other facets of the country’s economy were advanced.
He said that the mining industry offered substantial employment opportunities to thousands of Guyanese and that this was something the government was interested in developing further. Separately, Minister Bharrat pointed out that the partnership that has existed between the Kissoon family and Orica over the past four decades is an excellent example of how local content should function.
Participants exhibited a widespread sense of enthusiasm, complimented the parties that were organizing the event, and indicated that they had a strong interest in the topic at hand. Since the 1990s, Orica has been providing services in Guyana, initially to Guymine and later to Omai Gold Mines. Additionally, Orica has consistently supplied explosives to assist Guyana’s mining sector, and the company has had a close association with Guyana over the course of the previous half century. The class will be finished today.