IMAGE GALLERY: Throwing the switch on KGHM's Sierra Gorda mine in the Atacama Desert
KGHM started feeding ore into the process plant in its Sierra Gorda mine in Chile this week.
Sierra Gorda SCM, operated by KGHM International, is a joint venture between KGHM (55%), Sumitomo Metal Mining (31.5%) and the Sumitomo Corporation (13.5%). The mine is located in the Antofagasta region within the Atacama Desert.
The key infrastructure elements are in place.
- Production of copper concentrates have been successfully completed and commissioned.
- The pre-stripping process at the mine pit was completed in April 2014, with a total of 192 million tons of material removed.
- At the plant site the key processes such as crushing, grinding and flotation plants were successfully launched.
- A 143-kilometre coastal pipeline is operational that fills a pond with 750,000 metres of seawater.
The mine's opening ceremony is planned this autumn.