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Quebrada Blanca submits EIA for diesel-fired generator

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Chilean mining company Quebrada Blanca has submitted an EIA to install an 8.9MW diesel-fired generator at its installations in region I, according to documents filed with environmental regulator Conama. The company wants to install the generator to provide greater security in the case of rationing on the northern SING grid. The capacity also could go to decrease energy costs in the case of higher power prices. Quebrada Blanca also expects savings from cogeneration that would allow the company to use heat for other processes, according to the documents. Investment in the Caterpillar 16CM43 motor is expected to reach US$25.1mn. The generating unit would not be connected to the grid. Quebrada Blanca operates the copper mine of the same name. The mine holds resources of 11Blb (4.99Mt) of contained copper and 450Mlb of molybdenum. Privately owned Chilean company Inversiones Mineras owns 13.5% of Quebrada Blanca, leaving 10% in the hands of state-owned Enami. Canada's Teck Cominco (TSX: TCK) holds 76.5% of the asset.

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