Ferrovial Services has been awarded four new contracts in Chile for the management and treatment of pollutants, through its operational company Ferrovial Servicios Ambientales. These new projects confirm Ferrovial Services’ standing in Chile as a benchmark for the delivery of environmental services. They include:
- Washing of gasses: Design, construction and commissioning of a gas washing system to reduce emissions of solid particles, acid mists and hydrochloric acid gas at the Cerro Colorado (CMCC) mining company owned by the BHP-Billiton group. The project will enable CMCC to increase the amount of copper recovered.
- Ventilation system: Under this contract, Ferrovial will develop, supply and commission a tunnel ventilation system for Fluor-Salfa. Fluor-Salfa has been contracted by BHP-Billiton to increase copper and molybdenum production to 95,000 tonnes per day.
- Rail Car Vacuum System: In this project, Ferrovial Servicios Ambientales will again work with Fluor-Salfa for engineering development, supply and commissioning of a vacuum system, with the aim of disposing of the copper concentrates accumulated in the rail cars carrying the material, thus enabling copper recovery and avoiding such residue from going to landfill.
- Improvement of filters at the Hernán Videla foundry: The company ENAMI has awarded a contract for the design, construction, supply, assembly and commissioning of a series of improvements in the gas and dust filters at the Hernán Videla foundry to Ferrovial Servicios Ambientales. The company aims to improve the drying process for copper concentrates in order to comply with the relevant emissions regulations.
A growing presence in Chile’s mining sector
Ferrovial Services in Chile recently announced the renewal of the asset management and equipment maintenance contract at the Los Bronces mine for Anglo American. The agreement extends the provision of this service for three years. The company delivers mining services, principally industrial maintenance and operations, and maintenance of heavy machinery, and is a strategic partner for state mining company Codelco, the largest copper producer in the world, providing services throughout the company’s production chain, including operations at mines in Chuquicamata, Radomiro Tomic, Ministro Hales and Andina. Ferrovial Services Chile also has a strong presence in the private mining sector, providing services to clients such as BHP Billiton and Antofagasta Minerals.