Fluor was selected to provide the engineering, procurement and construction management of Anglo American’s Quellaveco copper project in the Moquegua region in the south of Peru. The project will be an open-pit mine that will process 127,500 metric tons per day (mt/d) of ore via conventional crushing, grinding and flotation technology to produce 300,000 mt/y of copper. First copper production is expected in 2022.

“As one of the world’s largest, undeveloped copper deposits and one of the largest projects in Peru, Quellaveco will be a flagship project for Fluor, our client and the local community,” said Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s Mining and Metals business. “Since completing the feasibility report, we have worked tirelessly with Anglo American to ensure the project is fully ready for execution.”

The majority of work takes place at an elevation of 3,000 meters (9,842 ft) above sea level. Fluor will pre-assemble certain structures to improve safety and quality by increasing the amount of work in a controlled environment at lower elevations. Fluor has been responsible for early site infrastructure development since 2014.