Gold is likely to pass US$1,300/oz for the first time in nine months with demand driven by jitters over North Korea and US political uncertainty, according to analysts.
Chinalco's 2022 strategic plan includes autonomous trucks, automated CCTV and remote control of drills.
The US$2.5bn project has faced fierce opposition from environmental groups since it was submitted for approval in September 2013.
Peruvian miners are drilling again at properties across the country's Andean spine as surging metals prices provides an incentive.
The latest news from junior mining companies operating across Latin America.
South America figures are for Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, which are the region's only producers of primary aluminum.