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Franke Project

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The Franke open pit operation uses crushing, agglomeration, leaching and SX-EW processes to produce copper cathodes that would be transported by rail to Puerto Barquito in Chañaral for shipping. The operation is anticipated to produce 30,000t/y copper cathodes -- and a total of 260,000t copper cathodes over 8-9 years. The project required 500 workers during peak construction phase and has generated 400 jobs during the ensuing operational phase. It is run by Vancouver-based Quadra FNX Mining.

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Key Specs

Full Name
Franke Project
Project Type
Copper, Open pit mining
Development Phase
In production
Project Status
Project Capacity
30,000  t/y (tons per year)  Copper
 Open pit mining
US$ 159mn
Completion Date

The Franke mine is located in the Altamira district, near the southern limit of Chile's region II, some 77km south of Taltal city, 64km north of Diego de Almagro, 52km northeast of El Salvador, and 5km east of the site of the former train station Altamira, at an altitude of some 1,730m.

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