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Anglo American’s Plan for Los Bronces Anglo American Submits $1.1-billion Tailings, Water Management Plan for Los Bronces

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The commitment was a strategic move by Anglo American to demonstrate its dedication towards environmental sustainability and water conservation. The optimization plan served as a testament to the company’s unwavering mission to slash its freshwater usage by 50% before the dawn of 2030.

Embarking on the journey, Anglo American intended to diversify its water sources to secure a more sustainable future. In the initial phase, the company planned to deploy 500 liters per second of desalinated water, catering to 45% of its operations. The subsequent phase would witness the implementation of treated wastewater in exchange for providing desalinated water for human consumption.

The diversified portfolio also included enhancing the functioning of the Recovered Water System (SAR) at Los Bronces, boosting the flow of recycled water from 1,000 to 1,200 liters per second. This uplifting initiative aimed to safeguard the mine’s water reservoir and streamline the rehabilitation of the Pérez Caldera tailings dam.

Amidst the backdrop of exacerbated water scarcity in Chile’s central region, Anglo American strategized to counterbalance the dwindling water supply from the Maipo and Aconcagua basins. The recycled water initiative was a beacon of hope in the arid terrain, signifying the company’s relentless efforts in navigating through environmental adversities.

However, the plot thickened as acute water scarcity compelled the miner to revise its production forecasts, marking a reduction to 505,000 tonnes by the end of 2023—a stark declination of 15,000 tonnes from initial estimates. Furthermore, the revised production guidance for 2024 stood at 430,000-460,000 tonnes and for 2025, it wavered between 380,000-410,000 tonnes of copper.

Despite these challenges, the company remained resolute, assuring that the reduced production trajectory would be reversed if the Los Bronces Integrated Project (LBIP) came to fruition. The LBIP, which earned the green light from the Committee of Ministers in April, held the potential to unlock higher-grade ores from a new underground section of the mine, thus extending its operational life through 2036.

Albeit receiving the nod from the Committee of Ministers, the environmental resolution for the LBIP lingered in the administrative pipeline, awaiting its transformation into a tangible reality.