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Las Bambas Copper Concentrator, Peru Overview

Scope of Work Engineering, procurement, and construction
Value $4.5 billion
Schedule 2012–present
Business Mining & Metals

Greenfield concentrator will produce 400,000 metric ton of copper annually

las bambasFor more than six decades, Bechtel’s Mining & Metals business has successfully completed hundreds of major projects in the most challenging conditions. 

Bechtel constructed Las Bambas, a greenfield copper concentrator project in the Peruvian Andes operated by MMG. This world-class copper mine will have an initial production of 400,000 metric tons per year of copper in concentrate, as well as significant gold, silver, and molybdenum by-products. 

Standard concentrator design reduces costs and speeds delivery 

In 2012, Bechtel completed a copper concentrator at Antapaccay, Peru. We drew on this experience to build a second concentrator—Bechtel’s largest to date—at nearby Las Bambas. We implemented a standard plant design at the two sites, which helped reduce capital costs and delivery times, leverage good practices, and promote consistent implementation of environmental, safety, and health processes, recruitment practices, community engagement efforts, and local enterprise support. Road to the project site

Road to the project site.

By the numbers

  • $44 million spent on local goods and services
  • 1,455 workers hired
  • 1,862 estimated number of indirect jobs created
  • 5,000 hours of training
  • 30 business training workshops

Building skills and industry

las bambas craft workerBechtel and its partners are making concerted efforts to elevate the technical skills of local people through various initiatives. For example, in 2013 more than 160 workers completed the formal trade craft and on-the-job training essential to be qualified for higher-level positions, such as surveying, earthworks, and welding.

Since mid-2012, Bechtel has purchased more than $1 million per month in local goods and services. In addition, we provided approximately 5,000 hours of training to more than 600 businesspeople on such topics as:

  • customer service
  • business management
  • production processes
  • environmental, safety, and health standards
  • tax preparation

We also believe that healthy and empowered workers translate to healthy and empowered communities. We conducted 200 workshops to improve community relations and promote respect for others, health and hygiene, and care for the environment.

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