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Chile's environmental evaluation service (SEA) received five mining-related projects in April with combined planned investment of US$27.6mn, according to information compiled by BNamericas.
In total, SEA received 53 projects last month, of which 36, involving total planned investment of US$1.193bn, were accepted for evaluation. The remaining 17, worth a combined US$4.661bn, were not admitted or were withdrawn on technical grounds, SEA documents show.
The largest mining project was the expansion of the Carola mine, submitted by the local mid-sizer miner of the same name. The US$20mn project aims to increase throughput capacity to 240,000t/y from the current 150,000t/y, as well as expanding two dump sites, and build two new sedimentation pools.
Next up was a US$6mn project submitted by local firm Bolivar to transport up to 120,000t/m sulfuric acid in and out of the mining operations of BHP Billiton in northern Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions.
One mining project, worth US$1.3mn, was rejected on technical grounds, while two others, with combined investment of less than US$1mn, were approved for evaluation.