The Golden Twins and Copper King of Mexico
M&C reviews two new mining projects in Mexico – the
Los Filos twin open pit gold mine and the revived copper
mine of Minera Maria. Using different blasting and ore recovery techniques, both sites are aiming for the highest possible production levels using the best equipment available.
GOING FOR GOLD IN GUERRERO
This region of Mexico has never had a large-scale open pit mining operation before. ?We?re setting a precedent here,? says Roberto Díaz Colunga,
Manager of the Los Filos Project, and explains: ?In two years this will be the largest gold mining operation in the south of Mexico. The project already provides more than 1,200 direct and indirect jobs and once we reach our steady production rhythm, we?ll be able to refine over 300,000 ounces of gold per year.?
The Los Filos Project is located 8 km from the village of Mezcala, approximately 200 km southwest of Mexico City in Guerrero State. The project is owned by Luismin SA. de CV, a Mexican company fully owned by Goldcorp of Canada. Goldcorp is investing USD 232 million to bring the project into production.
A fleet of Atlas Copco equipment is already working at the site, with more units due to arrive. Seven DM45HP blasthole drill rigs and two CM760D crawler drill rigs have been acquired by Luismin. The project?s main contractors, Materiales La Gloria and Desarrollos ROD, also use Atlas Copco equipment in their key pre-production tasks.
?Before entering commercial production, Los Filos will have had two years of pre-production development and Bermejal one. This is a key phase for the project and it?s important that we have the right type and quantity of equipment in place,? says José Caracheo Brunel of Los Filos Mine Planning Department.
Epiroc operated under the trademark “Atlas Copco” prior to January 1, 2018.