Working and living on Cobre Panamá
Cobre Panamá is the first copper mine to be developed in Panamá and provides exciting career opportunities for both existing and potential employees. Panamanians and expatriates who are motivated by relocating to Cobre Panamá and helping to drive the success of a new mine will enjoy the experience of discovering a great region.
The majority of people we currently employ are construction workers, but as the mine becomes fully operational, there will be plenty of exciting new opportunities across a variety of roles.
Access to the project area is via the Pan-American Highway system from Panama City to Penonomé, surfaced all-weather roads to Llano Grande, and gravel roads via the town of Coclecito. The topography in the concession area is low elevation (less than 300 metres) but rugged with considerable local relief covered by dense rainforest. Climatic conditions are tropical with high precipitation levels, high humidity and relatively high temperatures of 25ºC to 30ºC year-round.
Environmental sustainability key facts
Panama’s major reforestation/restoration programme involves 10,475ha.
As part of the Offset Programme, we have committed to fund the protection of the Santa Fe and Omar Torrijos National Parks, plus 150,000ha in the multiple use area of Donoso. In conjunction with ANAM, we have developed a management plan responsible for safeguarding the area.
Our Biodiversity Programme has already achieved world records. Using camera traps we collected over 16,000 photographs of wildlife in the biological corridor, then the photographic data was used to design the fauna crossing, thus maintaining the Corridor’s connectivity.
We have the only flora inventory in Panama with more than 217 species of interest identified and registered by the Missouri Botanical Garden. They are also used for the Seed Bank conservation programme in conjunction with Kew Royal Botanical Garden.
As part of our commitment to water quality, communities around the project have received training to take their own water samples, independent of our own monitoring.