Chile SEA watch: 5 projects submitted for evaluation in April

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Friday, May 5, 2017

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 The remaining 17, worth a combined US$4.661bn, were not admitted or were withdrawn on technical grounds, SEA documents show.

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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.

The operations include Escondida, Spence and Cerro Colorado.

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.