Automation for Chuqui UG Chile’s national copper company, Codelco, one of the world’s largest copper producers, awarded a $50 million contract to Rockwell Automation to supply a number of important systems for the Chuquicamata underground mine (Chuqui UG), a block cave mine in Chile. The contract includes the detailed engineering, supply, configuration and assembly of four systems that comprise the mine’s control system. This consists of an integrated operational platform, security system, supervision and control network, predictive maintenance, and a general administrative network. Rockwell Automation is currently working on the engineering and construction phase, in advance of project startup set for mid-2019. Annual production is projected to be 320,000 metric tons (mt) of fine copper and 15,000 mt of molybdenum. Chuquicamata is formerly the world’s largest open-pit pure-play copper mine.
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