COBRE PANAMA

A US$6 billion, 84mtpa greenfields copper project comprising the mine, concentrator circuits (copper, gold and molybdenum), a port and a 300MW power plant. In addition, the project includes a 120km, 230kV transmission line and 230kV substations interconnecting the power station at the port, the process plant, and the Panamanian grid.

Process E&I were responsible for all of the electrical, instrumentation and control system hardware design across the mine, processing plant, and port. In addition, we assisted the Client in negotiations with the interconnection to the Panamanian grid authorities.

The project utilises electric trolley assist technologies to power haul trucks on pit exit ramps. This has resulted in significant cost reduction over traditional diesel use.

The site topography is very rugged, which, together with the climatic conditions, has represented many engineering design challenges.

MPSA has a very strict environment policy with a focus on retaining the local rainforest wherever possible and it was essential that the design and construction activities accommodated this requirement.