Cobré Panama Project

Americas, Panama, South America
Cobré Panama is First Quantum’s newest operation, located in Colon Province, 120 kilometres west of Panama City. It is one of the largest copper mines in the world and the production complex includes a series of open-pits, a processing plant, a 300 megawatt power station and an international shipping port.

Commencing commercial production in 2019, Lycopodium delivered the detailed engineering design for the process plant and provided technical input into the procurement process for the construction of the plant, services and associated infrastructure. At full current capacity, the plant will process 85 Mtpa of ore to produce more than 300,000 tonnes of copper per year along with gold, silver and molybdenum.

The three 28 megawatt semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mills, four 16.5 megawatt ball mills and one 22 megawatt ball mill at Cobré Panama are amongst the largest installed anywhere in the world.

As production capacity at Cobré Panama continues to be developed to ultimately process 100 Mtpa of ore, Lycopodium is providing engineering, design, procurement and construction support services for the mine’s Ball Mill 6 Project, adding a further 22 megawatt ball mill.

Completion of construction works and commencement of commissioning is targeted for 2023, to allow for a ramp-up of production over the course of the year and achieve a throughput rate of 100 Mtpa at the end of 2023.

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