Anglo American and Mitsubishi recently reported that they will begin the pre-stripping activities at their Quellaveco mine beginning during the second quarter of this year. The mine will use autonomous haulage during pre-stripping.

The company also reported that it has erected its first of three electric shovels for the project. The Cat 7495 shovel will load a fleet of Cat 794 AC haul trucks.

The Quellaveco copper deposit has mineral reserves estimated at 1.3 billion metric tons (mt), containing approximately 7.5 million mt of copper. Ore will be processed by flotation for the production of copper concentrate with silver and molybdenum by-products. The mine life has been estimated to be 30 years.