Jacobs Engineering Group announced a contract from Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic Division for sustaining capital services for the Radomiro Tomic (RT) copper mine in Antofagasta. The three-year agreement has a potential value of $27 million.

With this deal, Jacobs establishes an office in Calama, expanding its presence in Chile’s primary mining region in the country’s northern Andean region. Chile has more copper reserves than any other nation.

Under the agreement, Jacobs will provide engineering, procurement, construction management, commissioning and start-up support for an annually approved portfolio of projects related to the current operations of Codelco’s RT copper mine.

RT is an oxide ore open-pit mine 1,040 miles from the capital Santiago at more than 9,800 ft above sea level in the desert area of the Andes. Plant capacity is designed to produce 300,000 metric tons (mt) per year of cathode copper.

Jacobs is currently in the second phase of the RT Sulphides Project, which includes engineering services for an anticipated 200,000-mt/d copper-molybdenum concentrator plant that processes the sulphides copper ore reserves of the RT Mine.

Jacobs also performed the first phase of the RT Sulphides Project, providing EPCM services for installation of a semi-mobile crushing plant at the RT Mine and an overland conveyor and coarse ore stockpile to feed the existing concentrator facilities at the nearby Chuquicamata mine.