Coro prioritises community relations for Argentina project

BUENOS AIRES ( – Vancouver-based Coro Mining, which hopes to built the San Jorge project, in the Argentine province of Mendoza, is putting a lot of time and effort into its relationship with local communities.

Proper consultation with local communities and other stakeholders is becoming an increasingly important consideration for companies that want to build mines in the South American country.

A public consultation period is currently under way for the San Jorge copper/gold project, and Coro is committed to maintaining transparency throughout the process, Machinery in Silica Sand Manufacturing ProcessFabián Gregorio, president of local subsidiary Minera San Jorge, told Mining Weekly Online.

The company has ensured that it has trained and capable people to oversee  community consultation and participation, he said.

“And, this will have a positive effect on the entire project, Used Flotation Machine for Lead for it allows us to be transparent during the whole process.”

The environmental impact study for the San Jorge operation is currently also being evaluated by the National Technical University on behalf of the government, and this technical review will be followed by a ministerial project review and public meetings, before it can be approved by the Mendoza government.Limestone Production Plant for Sale 

Although the project has not encountered any real opposition at a government or local community level, he said, there has been some resistance coming from nongovernmental organisations.

Gregorio said this was partly due to “misinformation” about the company’s plans. Used Quarry Plant for Sale

He said the project will be subject to ongoing controls and assessments during the construction, operation and closing stages.

There are also plans for “participative and spontaneous” assessments by the nearby community of Uspallata.

Construction on the mine is scheduled for mid-2011, with production targeted for early 2013.

The initial capital investment for the project is currently estimated at $277-million, with an average annual production of around 40 000 t of copper and 40 000 oz of gold.

About 2 000 direct jobs, plus 1 900 indirect positions, will be created during the construction phase. Once operations begin, the company expects to employ 400 people, and expects 1 500 indirect jobs will be created.

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