Corporación Nacional del Cobre (Codelco), the Chilean national copper mining company, contracted Jacobs Engineering Group to overhaul acid plants at the Chuquicamata mine.

Jacobs will modify existing facilities to support the operation of two new double contact/absorption acid plants.

The modifications will help Chuquicamata become safer and more sustainable, Andrew Berryman, senior vice president mining, minerals and specialty chemicals, Jacobs, said. “We look forward to extending the life of Chuquicamata.”

The project is scheduled for completion in December of 2018.

The open pit copper mine in northern Chile is one of the oldest and largest in the world.