As a preventive measure, and in view of the complex situation in the Antofagasta Region and the city of Calama due to the COVID-19 health emergency, Codelco’s Chuquicamata Division has determined to stop its smelting.
This new measure is of a transitory nature and aims to reduce exposure in the areas and reinforce preventive efforts and controls of safety and health of people in the division.
In the same way, this initiative allows for focus on the productive efforts in the mine and concentrator areas, business units that under all safeguards, and will continue to contribute the generation of fundamental surpluses so that our country can better face this pandemic.
The initiative contemplates the decrease of approximately 400 people, the arrest of teams and the reduction of production rates in both areas. The measure considers continuing with minor operations and preventive maintenance.
The demobilisation of personnel, both their own and collaborators, will be carried out progressively and according to the end of shifts.
Nicolás Rivera, General Manager of the Division, explained that "this new initiative is a proactive action to tackle the next difficult weeks that we will have to face as a country, society and Chuquicamata. Today we must be more united than ever to face this challenge, making discipline and solidarity the basis of our actions at work, home and in our community environment."
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/handling-processing/26062020/chuquicamata-to-stop-smelting/