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The results of the seminar in Chile for mining enterprises of Kazakhstan and Russia

November 26, 2016 was the last day of the specialized technological seminar, «Latest technology and equipment for mining, processing and transportation of copper, iron and molybdenum ores». The seminar was organized by the British company Capital Business Events in conjunction with the Chilean company ImaginaSur, with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Brazil.

 The seminar was attended by representatives of several Kazakh companies: JSC Orica Kazakhstan, JSC AK Altynalmas, KAZ Minerals Bozshakol as well as by representatives of three branch offices of the Russian Mining and Metallurgical Company Norilsk Nickel.

 

 

The seminar was held in Santiago, Chile. Participants visited the headquarters of the Chilean National Copper Corporation (CODELCO) and its subsidiaries, the office of the Chilean Copper Commission (COCHILCO), private open-pit mine Cerro Negro, as well as the company Kairos Mining, which is a system integrator of engineering solutions for mining companies.

The first day of the seminar started with a visit to the head office of CODELCO, where the participants met with the Director for Innovation. He spoke about the structure of the Corporation and the main lines of its business. He shared some production data and talked about innovations that keep all Corporation’s lines of business competitive at the time when world copper prices are going down.

 

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Participants also learned about the Chilean system of taxation, employee motivation practices, and workplace health and safety at the Chilean state-owned enterprises.

Then the group visited the office of the Chilean Copper Commission (COCHILCO), where they met with the Director of the Department of Research and Policy Planning. The discussion centered on the law that pertains to the acquisition and ownership rights for copper ore both under the soil and after its capture as well as the system of taxation of private and public mining companies. Participants also asked about the investment climate in the mining industry in Chile, the impact of mining on the formation of the country’s budget. Issues related to ecological safety and rational use of water in mining were also discussed. 

 

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On the second day of the seminar, the group went to the city of Rancagua, located 79 km south of Santiago, where we visited the world’s largest underground mine El Teniente.  We also visited the abandoned desert mining town of Sewell.

The delegation met with the Public Relations Director of El Teniente, who told us about the history of the mine and its recent achievements. She also shared with us the fascinating history of Sewell.

 

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Remarkably, our visit coincided with the tenth anniversary of proclaiming the city of Sewell as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1904 in the Andes at an altitude of 2 250 meters, in the XX century the city was one of the largest mining settlements as its inhabitants worked at the El Teniente copper mine. Today, after more than a hundred years of continuous copper production, El Teniente mine has about 3 000 kilometers of underground drifts.

 

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After a short briefing on safety, seminar participants descended to one of the underground drifts of El Teniente, known as Diablo-Regimiento, which is located in the southern part of the mine.

The participants were shown a process of feeding the rock mass up to the concentrator facility. They also visited a crushing plant where they saw the process of mechanized crushing of  non-standard pieces of rock mass.

Superintendent of the underground mine escorted the group into the warehouse of explosive materials and discussed the reinforcements of shafts as well as pressure control systems as related to various methods of developing the mine.

 

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In the Andina unit, located in the Southern Andes in the city of Los Andes, participants were given the opportunity to visit the control room that manages the entire production process. There, the employees explained how they use the system that monitors the work of drilling rigs and dump trucks. On screen, they demonstrated the entire process of moving the rock mass to the ore warehouse.

The participants were able to test the simulator for the management of Komatsu dump trucks, to communicate with the representatives of the Andina Division and discuss the production processes used at the Rio Blanco underground mine and the Sur Sur open pit mine.

 

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To be able to make a comparative analysis of various forms of the Chilean mining enterprises, on the fourth day of the seminar, the delegation paid a visit to a private mine Cerro Negro, located 210 km. in the north-east of Santiago. Representatives of the mine told the guests about the concept of the open-pit mining at a private mining enterprise and discussed the extraction of minerals from the tailings concentrators (a technogenic deposit).

 

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At the end of the seminar, the Head of the Software Engineering Department of the Kairos Mining Company introduced the participants to his company. The company develops technical and technological solutions in the field of mining and mineral processing industry. The company was established in December 2006 with the participation of Codelco (40%) and Honeywell’s (60%). Participants were invited to the analytical center that manages the process of mining and were able to witness how the mining processes were being managed. It was exciting to see enrichment plants monitored in in real time.

 

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At the end of the seminar, both sides noted the high quality of the dialogue between the guests and the hosts and expressed interest in participating in future joint projects with Capital Business Events and ImaginaSur.

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