Sacyr enters the Peruvian mining sector thanks to an industrial construction contract. The company, in consortium with Ajani, will be in charge of the construction, development and start-up of the building and facilities of the primary crusher, conveyor belt as well as building and workshop facilities of the Quellaveco mine, located in the Department of Moquegua, in the south of the country.
The consortium, in which Sacyr Industrial and Sacyr Engineering and Infrastructures participate, won the contract in two tenders called by Anglo American.
“These important projects will enable us to show the Peruvian market our extensive international experience providing business solutions for the mining sector, adding value to what the Group has done in several countries in which it has participated in important mining-energy contracts,” stated Carlos Martínez-Almeida, representative of Sacyr in Peru.
The first stage of the works will consist of the construction of a primary crusher, tanks and diesel storage and unloading area for light vehicles and mining trucks. Furthermore, it includes electrical and control rooms and the transport of coarse mineral through conveyor belts, as well as water mining services. The second stage, corresponds to a truck workshop and administrative buildings of the mine.
The activities will begin to run in the month of August 2019 and will last approximately two years.
Quellaveco is one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world and is located in southern Peru, in the Moquegua region. It has an estimated 1,300 million tons of mineral reserves, which contain approximately 7.5 million tons of copper (0.57% TCu). The Quellaveco project will use open-pit mining techniques and flotation processing to produce copper concentrate, as well as molybdenum and silver as byproducts. At its initial production rate of 127,500 tons, Quellaveco is expected to generate an average of approximately 300,000 tons per year during its first 10 years of operation.