South America Jobs
FCX operates four copper mines in South America — Cerro Verde in Peru and Candelaria, Ojos del Salado and El Abra in Chile.
Cerro Verde also produces molybdenum concentrates. FCX is completing construction activities associated with the development of a large sulfide deposit at El Abra to extend its mine life by over 10 years. FCX is also engaged in studies for a potential large-scale milling operation at El Abra to process additional sulfide material and to achieve higher recoveries. FCX completed a project to increase throughput at the Cerro Verde concentrator, which is expected to result in incremental annual production of approximately 30 million pounds of copper. In addition, FCX is completing its evaluation of a large-scale concentrator expansion at Cerro Verde. Significant reserve additions in recent years have provided opportunities to significantly expand the existing facility’s capacity.
Candelaria has an open-pit and underground copper mine located approximately 12 miles south of Copiapó, in northern Chile's Atacama province, Region III. Candelaria mine is now a leader in water conservation, recovery and recycling in all of its processes. It became the first mining operation in the world to certify all of its facilities under ISO 14001 standards.
Ojos del Salado consists of two underground copper mines, Santos and Alcaparrosa, located approximately 10 miles east of Copiapó, in northern Chile's Atacama province, Region III.
El Abra is an open-pit copper mining complex located 47 miles north of Calama, in Chile's El Loa province, Region III.
Cerro Verde is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex located approximately 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, Peru.
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