Fluor is performing engineering, procurement and construction management services for facilities, utilities and offsites, and mine-related infrastructure at the Caserones Copper project in Chile. The Caserones mine will produce copper concentrate, copper cathodes and molybdenum concentrate from an open mine operation.
The mine is being constructed approximately 4,000 meters above sea level (masl), and Fluor is taking every precaution to monitor the effects of the altitude and cold environment on workers.
The Fluor and Caserones project team achieved its first milestone in March 2013, when the solvent extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) plant produced its first copper electrode. As a result, the SX/EW plant is now operational, and the team will refocus its energy on the next major goal, which is to place the first ton of ore into the future concentrator by the end of the year, marking the completion of a fully functioning and operating SX/EW and concentrator plant.
In October of 2013 the project achieved another milestone, 7 million hours worked without a lost time incident per OSHA regulations.