Process Plant and Mine Operations:

Cobre Panama is a large open-pit copper development project in Panama. The concession is located 120 kilometres west of Panama City and 20 kilometres from the Caribbean Sea coast, in the district of Donoso, Colon province, in the Republic of Panama. The concession consists of four zones totalling 13,600 hectares.

Following the completion of our acquisition of Inmet Mining in April 2013, First Quantum assumed an 80% equity interest in Minera Panamá, S.A. (“MPSA”), the Panamanian company that holds the Cobre Panama concession. MPSA was incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Panama in January 1997 and has a mineral concession to explore and exploit the Cobre Panama property.

Access to the project area is via the Pan-American Highway system from Panama City to Penonome, surfaced all-weather roads to Llano Grande, and gravel roads via the town of Coclecito.

The topography in the concession area is low elevation (less than 300 metres) but rugged with considerable local relief covered by dense rainforest. Climatic conditions are tropical with high precipitation levels, high humidity and relatively high temperatures of 25ºC to 30ºC year-round.

Port and Power Plant:

The port site includes facilities for filtration / concentrate storage and load-out to ocean-going vessels, coal receiving facilities, a barge berth, and inbound/export freight handling and storage facilities, 300MW power plant and its operating systems as well as a large quarry and a portion of the coastal access road.

The project site located in Colon Province is approximately 20 km north of the Continental Divide that bisects the northern and southern parts of Panama. The port site location at Punta Rincón is N9°02′ and W80°41′.

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Process Plant

  • Mechanical equipment
    • 2 x Primary Gyratory Crushers, ThyssenKrupp, Size – KB63-130, 2500kW Motors
    • 2 x Gyratory Primary Crushers, ThyssenKrupp, Size – KB63-89, 2000kW Motors
    • Prim Crusher Discharge Conveyor – 2.6 m Wide x 930 m Long, 1550kW Motor, 12,000tph capacity
    • 4 x Sec Crushers, Metso, Size – MP2500, 2000kW Motors
    • 2 x Sec Crusher Discharge Conveyor – 2.6 m Wide x 1137 m Long, 1550kW Motor12,000tph capacity
    • 3 x SAG Mills Metso, size 40’ x 24’ 28mW each
    • 4 x Ball Mills Metso, size 26’ x 42’ 16mW each
    • Cyclone Feed Pumps 5m3/hr. FLSmidth, Mill Max 22 X 20 UMD, 1,600kW.
    • Cyclone Feed Pumps 5m3/hr. FLSmidth, Mill Max 20 X 18 UMD, 1,600kW.
  • Electrical & Instrumentation:
    • Mills – ABB & Siemens GMB
    • MV Switchgear – ABB
    • LV – Schneider Tesys-T
    • LV VSD Danfos
    • PLC – Siemens PCS7
    • Profibus
    • Siemens Reclosers and Ground mounted Circuit breakers
    • MV VSD – Schneider
    • Typical Instrumentation

Power Plant

  • Mechanical equipment
    • 2x Boilers of 150MW each Coal Fire, Hansol SeenTec Korea
    • Steam Turbine Doosan Skoda 3 stages
    • Each turbine equipped with Siemens Generator
    • FGD units, Bag houses, SCR, (clean combustion)
    • Desalination, demineralization water treatment, Electrochlor
    • Conveyors, Coal storage shed, Condensate cooling system using sea water
    • Port for Coal unloading and copper concentrate loading
    • Cooper concentrate filters (4 x Larox) and storage
    • Miscellaneous structures
  • Electrical & Instrumentation
    • Various Korean products, LV and MV switchgear – LSIS, DCS – Emerson Ovation, Mostly hardwired plant & Typical Instrumentation

Mine Equipment

  • Large fleet of Heavy Mine Equipment including Ultra Class and auxiliary equipment:
  • PH4100 electric rope shovels, Leibherr 9350 and 9100 excavators, MD6640, Loaders (L2350), PV351 Electric Drill, DM45 and other associated rotary drills, dozers, graders and so on, used currently in pre-strip and project earthworks.