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Las Bambas Copper Concentrator, Peru Overview

Scope of Work Engineering, procurement, and construction
Value $4.5 billion
Schedule 2012–2016
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.

Building local economy, industry and skills

las bambas craft workerSince the project started, Bechtel and its partners have spent an average of $2 million per month, for a total of more than $78 million, on local goods and services in 16 remote Peruvian towns. Indirect employment from these new ventures alone is around 1,500 jobs and growing.

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

It was important for Bechtel, our customer, and our partners to help local communities succeed in the changing economy. We also guided local businesses to join forces through business-to-business cooperation to capitalize on economic opportunities. For example, laundry and hotel owners formed associations to negotiate higher quality and safety standards with the project. Bechtel was recognized by 10 vendors for helping them meet the requirements of food hygiene, water and sanitation, fire prevention, and evacuation needed for project work. Many of these standards were developed and delivered through training, site inspections, and improvement plans. The association committed to continue improving these practices after Bechtel leaves the project.

Together with our customer and partners, we also made a concerted effort 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.

Keeping kids safe

The rural communities were not used to the high-volume of road traffic that came with the construction. To ensure safety for all, we completed 59 workshops for 2,224 schoolchildren and 3,098 hours of traffic safety training in the construction area near the concentrator and along the heavy-haul road.

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