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Speaker Interview: Rafael Estrada, Antamina

The challenges faced in the mining industry worldwide have many common themes, with lessons learned by Peruvian copper-zinc miner Antamina, applicable here in Australia.

From its remote location in the Andes, new technologies are improving the operation’s efficiency and safety, all while increasing the bottom line for the company.

Located 4,300m above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, the Antamina copper-zinc mine is at the forefront of new technologies in the industry, facing challenges which are mirrored globally.

In addition to its core focus, additional minerals such as silver, lead and molybdenum are also produced, with the site upholding responsible mining procedures, including the highest standards in health, safety, social and environmental practices.

Operating Sustainably

For Rafael Estrada, Manager of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Process Control, Antamina Mining, the common challenges facing the industry globally are certainly relevant in South America: the continuous search for efficiency, cost reduction and productivity improvement.

Rafael said, “These objectives are especially important when we consider the particular nature of our deposit, which is of the skarn type and, therefore, the material we extract is highly variable, but at the same time very rich due to its high levels of mineral concentration.

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