BRAZIL Brazil's first new copper mine is up and running four months ahead of the original schedule, thanks to AKER KVAERNER E&C, a division of AKER KVAERNER CANADA. The US$430-million Sossego copper project is owned by CVRD, the largest diversified mining company in the Americas.
The Sossego mine will produce 15 million tonnes of ore per year, or more than 465,000 tonnes of copper concentrate annually. Aker Kvaerner provided a team of senior engineers, managers, and project control specialists from such far-flung places as Brazil, the United States, Canada and Chile. AKER KVAERNER BOWEN, the specialized commissioning and plant services business unit, led the commissioning and ramp-up efforts.
Commented Jim McGrath, president of Aker Kvaerner Metals, "This was a benchmark project for CVRD, marking its entry into the copper industry. Aker Kvaerner committed to helping CVRD complete a project of this magnitude on budget and on schedule. The project went very smoothly, and we look forward to working with CVRD on future copper developments while maintaining the standards established on the Sossego project."
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