Chile’s Corporación Nacional del Cobre (Codelco) has awarded Foster Wheeler an engineering design contract for a copper concentrator plant in the country, as part of the improvement project for the El Teniente concentrator.

The contract includes provision of front-end conceptual engineering including optimisation trade-offs, 3D model designs and a capital expenditure estimate for modifications to the mineral ore feeding system for the SAG-1 and SAG-2 mills.

The work also includes improvement of the molybdenum processing plant, increased production of soluble copper and improvements to the environmental protection at the tailings distribution system.

The engineering work is scheduled for completion during the second quarter of 2011.

This is CODELCO’s second contract awarded to Foster Wheeler.