CCA Chile, a subsidiary of China's Jiangsu Huitai, has submitted an EIA to the environment ministry (MMA) for a US$7.7mn project to mine iron ore at its Burritas deposit in region III.
The deposit has enough reserves to support an operation of at least 20 years with a production capacity of 4.8Mt/y, according to the document.
The project comprises an open pit, a crushing plant and magnetic separators to separate iron ore from other nonferrous metals. Crushed ore will be shipped to its final destination through the Caldera port in the same region, the company said.
Subject to environmental approval, the project could start operating in February next year with throughput capacity of 10,000t/d.
The company recently submitted two other EIAs for similar projects.
The Osornina project will require an investment of US$4.52mn to produce 3Mt/y iron ore and 150,000t/y copper ore, while the US$7.7mn Renacer-Ornella project will produce 4.8Mt/y of iron ore and 60,000t of copper ore.
Both operations could start in the first quarter of 2011 but are also awaiting environmental approval.