Canadian mining company Los Andes Copper is moving forward with plans to build a 110,000-ton-per-day copper mine in Chile. The Vizcachitas project, a copper and molybdenum porphyry deposit 150 kilometers (km) northeast of Santiago, is one of the largest undeveloped deposits in the Americas. According to company estimates, the deposit houses 1.28 million tons of copper with 0.45%. cut-off grade.
The proposed open-pit concentrator and mine are at a relatively low altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level, and would be only 65 km away from a railroad with connection to the Ventanas port. It would also be close to two smelters, located 140 km and 90 km away.
The Vizcachitas project is located in the same mineral belt as Los Pelambres (AMSA), Andina (Codelco), El Teniente (Codelco) and Los Bronces (Anglo American).