Quebrada Blanca Operations is a copper mine located in northern Chile.
The Quebrada Blanca mine is located in Tarapacá Region of northern Chile at an elevation of 4,400 metres, approximately 240 kilometres southeast of the city of Iquique and 1,500 kilometres from Santiago.
Teck owns a 76.5% interest in the mine. The remaining interest is owned by Inversiones Mineras S.A., 13.5%, and Empresa Nacional de Minería, 10%.
Quebrada Blanca is an open pit operation, which leaches the ore to produce copper cathodes via processing in an SX-EW plant. Copper cathode is trucked to Iquique for shipment to purchasers. Mine personnel live in a camp facility, and the majority commute from large population centres, including Iquique, Arica and Santiago.
Mine life options past 2016 are being reviewed in light of current market conditions and future production plans will depend on copper prices and further cost reduction efforts.
Esmeralda 340, Piso 10 Iquique
Región de Tarapacá, Chile