Oyu Tolgoi, the gold and copper mine under development in the South Gobi, Mongolia, will train its workforce using simulator-based technology provided by Immersive Technologies. It is among the first mine sites in the world to purchase the new PRO3 simulator, which is specifically designed for surface mining and initially will support operator training of Komatsu haul trucks at the Mongolian site.

Together with the PRO3 simulator, the sale included a comprehensive training package incorporating a five- year gold support program, Custom Mine Site, TrainerAdvantage™ certification and Training Systems Integration programs.

As well as training its Oyu Tolgoi workforce, Oyu Tolgoi is running the largest vocational training program ever established in Mongolia. Many of the job skills are transferable–jobs will be created in I.T., environmental management, and accountancy.

Cameron McRae, CEO of Oyu Tolgoi, said that the purchase of the simulators and support from Immersive reflected the mine’s continued commitment to ensuring its largely Mongolian operators are the best in the world. “This equipment will help to make our operators among the best and the safest anywhere”, McRae said. “I look forward to seeing the equipment myself and talking to our operators in training.”

Immersive Technologies’ Regional Vice President, Mark Eaton-Reid said: “This simulation investment will enable Oyu Tolgoi to maximize its heavy equipment operator training throughput without impacting on the skills and knowledge transfer to new operators. The investment underlines Oyu Tolgoi’s unprecedented commitment to training, and Immersive’s continuing contribution to Mongolia.”