El Peñón, Chile
APN Mill Site
Altiplano is currently constructing a mineral processing plant located approximately 15 kms from the Farellon mine. The facility is designed to recover copper, gold and iron and to reduce the current processing costs by 33% and reducing trucking costs by 75%. The facility has also been designed to minimize the environmental impact by utilizing a de-watering stack which will reduce water usage by 75%. The de-watering process also has the added benefit of producing more environmentally friendly dry tailings. The facility specifications also contain an iron separation process engineered to capture high value iron ore concentrate. The dewatering and iron separation are subject to final permitting.
Figure 1. Copper Gold Iron Concentrate Process
The 9-hectare land package is ideally located approximately 3 km from the major road (D-43) and has access to power, water, and the necessary infrastructure to support the construction of the facility and expansion opportunities.
The facility involves crushing and grinding equipment and a flotation plant which includes primary, secondary, and tertiary crushing, milling, including two 5’ x 10’ ball mills combined with a full flotation circuit. When operational, the facility will have sufficient capacity to process 5,000 tonnes/month of production from the Company’s Farellon mine.
The fully functional plant has been re-located to the site where civil works have been completed in preparation of final construction process. This work includes site preparation, surveying, leveling of land, installation of electricity, cement footings, water installation and the construction of perimeter fencing.
Final permitting for the construction phase was received in September 2021 and the company has begun the installation of the Plant.
Figure 2. Conceptual Image of the MIll
The following video is a conceptual representation of the mill design. The final facility on completion may vary.