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Minera Los Pelambres

Location

Choapa Province, Chile

Ownership

Antofagasta Holdings (60%); Japanese interests (40%)

Geology

Porphyry copper

Mineral types

Chalcopyrite, chalcocite, bornite, covellite, molybdenite

Reserves

3,000Mt resource at 0.65% Cu, 0.014% Mo

Production

322,800t copper and 8,700t molybdenum (2005)

Mining

Large-scale open pit

Processing

Crushing, grinding, bulk flotation, moly flotation

Employment

520

Key equipment

Ingersoll-Rand drill rigs, P&H mining shovels, LeTourneau wheel loader, Caterpillar haul trucks, FFE Minerals crusher, ThyssenKrupp overland conveyor, Metso Minerals flotation control system
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