Collahuasi rises to the altitude challenge

In the northernmost part of Chile, high in the Andean plateau of the Tarapac Region, sits Collahuasi mine, one of the worlds largest copper resources. Here, mining operations take place at altitudes of 4,000-4,800m above sea level, making this one of the most challenging work environments for any mining equipment. Adriana Potts investigates

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Collahuasi mine is operated by a joint-venture company – Compañia Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi – owned by Anglo American and Xstrata (44% each) and a group of Japanese companies headed by Mitsui