Operations at the Haquira Project
Once the Haquira Project is fully operational, the mine can produce over 200,000 tonnes of copper a year, making it a major contributor to the success of First Quantum. Our goal is to achieve the highest standards of operation, at the same time as meeting our production targets – something we’ll ensure by maintaining close engagement with all our stakeholders and collaborating with key organisations in the area.
The lifespan of the Haquira Project is currently estimated at 20 years. Measured and indicated resources are 3.7 million tonnes of contained copper equivalent. Inferred resources are 2.4 million tonnes of contained copper equivalent. With further exploration, the anticipated lifespan of the mine could be extended, meaning more exciting challenges for permanent employees interested in building their career.
By 2017, the Haquira Project is planned to have evolved from a camp of pre-fabricated offices and accommodation for 120 people, to an extended facility capable of housing the construction team with further tailoring for the eventual accommodation of production employees. It’s unlikely the site will ever become a small town in its own right. The vision is for it to be a state-of-the-art remote site, with employees working at appropriate rotations suited to high-altitude work.
Many people are surprised to know that we already have high-speed internet access at the Haquira Project, so, while by road we are somewhat remote, for business and communications we’re fully connected.