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El Pachón Suspended

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Early Works
Current Stage: Awaiting construction decision
Start: 08/2016
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Description

The El Pachón project was first announced as a binational project under the Chile-Argentina mining integration treaty entered into by both countries in 1997. The project has a total area of 26,430ha, of which 100ha corresponds to the future open-pit copper mine. The El Pachón project has a large and promising deposit with measured and indicated resources of 724Mt, grading 0.65% copper and a throughput of 160t/d. El Pachón has an orebody capable of producing over 400,000t of copper-in-concentrate for the first five years of operation, and a life of mine of more than 20 years. It was announced in early 2015 that El Pachón will no longer be binational, and will operate and be developed only in Argentina.

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Key Specs

Full Name
El Pachón
Project Type
Copper, Open pit mining
Development Phase
Awaiting construction decision
Project Status
Suspended
Project Capacity
280,000  t/y (tons per year)  Copper
 Open pit mining
Investment
US$ 3bn
Lifespan
25
Location

The property is located in the Andes at an elevation of 3,600m, in the department of Calingasta, in Argentina's San Juan province, 5km from the border with Chile.

* The map coordinates represent the approximate latitude and longitude, and not the exact location of the project.


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