The mining company Donja Innes de Collahuasi – which belongs to English (44%), Glencore (44%) and Japanese consortium (12%) – entered the Environmental Assessment System (SEA) project "Infrastructure Development and Improvement Productive Capacity ", which implies adding the current operation, improving the efficiency and productivity of the mine located in the Tarapak region, and is one of the oldest copper produced in the country.
"We made great efforts to present the most challenging possible project. We redesigned it several times and we made three rounds of consultations with communities in the region in an attempt to project our company as one of the most modern and most effective in the world, consolidating our commitment and contribution towards Tarapac and the country in the next 20 years, "said Horge Gomez, executive director of the mining company.
The project is considering an investment of around 3,200 million US dollars in 5 years and will allow to save nearly 19,000 direct and indirect jobs it generates. In addition, the company said it would require around 2,000 additional people who would gradually integrate into the construction phase.
It will also allow maximizing the use of Kolahuasi's main assets, in line with the process optimization process that has been experienced in the past six years, allowing it to produce in the near future close to 710 thousand tons of fine copper annually, according to the company's assessment.
According to Collahuasi, the project submitted for processing includes three years of design and realization of more than 120 meetings and field visits with communities.