|Lomas Bayas extension plan|
|Monday, 24 December 2012 11:58|
Xstrata Copper’s Lomas Bayas operation has completed construction and commenced commissioning on schedule of its $300 million Lomas II project to extend the mine life by 16 years.
The Lomas II project, in northern Chile, involved the development of the Fortuna de Cobre open pit, 3km from the operation’s original mine and infrastructure, and the construction of a new primary crusher, conveyor transport system and new heap and run-of-mine (ROM) leach pads. Copper cathodes are produced using the existing Lomas Bayas SX-EW plant.
During the project’s construction Xstrata employed more than 4500 people and delivered over 100,000 hours of technical and safety training. In operation, Lomas II will add around 50 permanent positions to Lomas Bayas’ existing workforce of approximately 1850 people including employees and contractors
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