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Jan 15, 2020


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MineConnect Chile Trade Mission: A Tremendous Success


As the Trade Mission came to a conclusion, our members have inferred valuable knowledge about the issues faced by mining companies. The mission has opened up new doors of opportunities for all of our participating members. Face to face meetings with the mining companies have helped our team get information directly from the mine sites regarding various challenges and to discuss possible solutions.

On Tuesday, January 14th MineConnect members met with delegates from Antofagasta Minerals, the main Chilean private mining group and one of the ten largest copper producers in the world. Later in the day, they met with Victor Lopez, Innovations Manager, Codelco at the Codelco Head Quarters, Santiago. During their time at the HQ, our team had an interesting chat with Codelco Tech.

On Wednesday, January 15th the main agenda item was the visit to Codelco’s Chuquicamata Division. Chuquicamata Division is an open-pit copper and gold mine. It is located 15 km north of Calama, in the Antofagasta Region. It is considered the largest in the world of its kind and is currently undergoing an important transformation process.

After touring the facility, our members had an interactive session with the Codelco staff. Codelco Operations Personnel and Contractors filled the on-site auditorium to hear and meet with MineConnect members. This gave our members a platform to present the various innovative mining solutions they can offer to the Chilean market. This also provided them with an opportunity to network and build vital relationships.

On the final day of the mission, our team traveled to Antofagasta to visit Yamana Gold El Penon underground mine. Located in northern Chile, El Peñón is a high grade underground gold-silver mine with a 4,200 tonnes per day agitated leaching /counter current decantation (CCD) and Merrill-Crowe plant. Since production began in 1999, continuing exploration has established a track record of replacing ounces mined. Positive exploration results continue to indicate the potential for extending the mine’s life.  The operation was rightsized in 2017 to more effectively mine narrower veins and provide time and flexibility for exploration discoveries.

We thank our members for their participation and making this mission a great success. Through our members, we were able to display Northern Ontario’s expertise and innovative capacity in the Mining Supply & Services sector. Mining innovations happening in the North is of great value and our goal at MineConnect is to voice it to the rest of the world.