Toquepala - Villa Staff and Plaza - Video and Satellite Map

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Toquepala - Villa Staff and Plaza

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Toquepala - Villa Staff and Plaza. Source: Otatterwal

Toquepala Mine
Toquepala is an open-pit copper mine located in southern Peru, 30 kilometers from Cuajone and 870 kilometers from Lima. The concentrator has a milling capacity of 60,000 tons per day. The SX/EW facility has a production capacity of 56,000 tons per year of LME grade A copper cathodes. Overburden removal commenced in 1957 and ore production commenced in 1960. Toquepala operations utilize a conventional open-pit mining method to collect copper ore for further processing in the concentrator. Source:

Copper mining in southwestern was carried on sporadically since the end of the 19th century, and there are brief references in geographical literature of the time to copper occurrences in the general area of Toquepala and Cuajone. Narrow oxide and enriched sulfide veinlets were exploited on a very limited scale, but the desert nature and difficult accessibility of the area discouraged continued mining activities. Soon after the settlement of the border conflict between Peru and Chile in 1929, interest was renewed in the are and local residents started staking out mining claims. Prominent among these were Juan Oviedo Villegas (Toquepala) and Julio E. Gianella (Cuajone). Source: Daniel Rodriguez Hoyle in Surface mining by Bruce A. Kennedy, editor.

Toquepala is a porphyry copper deposit in the southern sierra, inland from the port of llo. It is worked as an open pit. Its existence was known for quite some years; a famous traveler of the nineteenth century, Raimondi, mentioned it.

Toquepala Interactive Satellite Map

Explore Toquepala copper mine, Toquepala city, Villa Staff, Plaza, Ilabaya, Tacna, Peru. Click a placemark. To Pan: click and drag or take advantage of the pan and zoom bars.

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Jan 3, 2014