Copper has emerged as one of the most important elements in the world’s transition to cleaner energy and electromobility. It is crucial to technological advancement, digital connectivity, and electricity transmission, powering the networks that enable modern society. As ore reserves deplete and ore grades decline, Bechtel is supporting our customers with designing and building the critical process infrastructure that will secure the supply of copper for decades to come.
From standard concentrator designs, to integrated concentrator, water, energy, pipeline, and port solutions, our customers have access to Bechtel’s industry experts with experience in plant engineering, optimization, constructability, and operations. Together, Bechtel and our customers have built the majority of the western world’s copper concentrators, including 10 in the past 15 years.
Base & Precious Metals Center of Excellence
The world’s largest mining producers continue to look for the best ways to produce and deliver copper safely and responsibly, with the minimum disruption to local communities and the environment.
Our Center of Excellence in Santiago assists our customers by applying the latest technologies and innovations to the mining process to reduce water and energy consumption, preserve local supplies of these elements, and achieve maximum efficiency and productivity.
Bechtel’s technical excellence in the base and precious metals field is demonstrated by the many studies and projects we’ve completed that have led to successful operating plants. Our proven ability to consistently provide reliable cost estimates and completion schedules gives our customers a sound basis for investment decisions regarding project feasibility, financing, and production scheduling. The team develops upstream solutions from conceptual studies to execution by combining best practices, leading technology with innovation, new sustainable processing facilities, and supporting mining infrastructure, allowing Bechtel to provide our customers with pit-to-port solutions, regardless of the logistical challenges or locations.
Learn more about the Base & Precious Metals Center of Excellence here.