BHP has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at the Spence copper operation in Chile to the joint venture between Fluor Corporation and SalfaCorp.
The contract, at the Spence Growth Option (SGO) project, will see the JV be responsible for the delivery of the 95,000 tonnes a day copper concentrator and associated works.
“Our team has worked closely with BHP since the project’s initial phases to align on the project’s goals and structure with an execution approach that will allow us to safely deliver this important project,” Tony Morgan, president of Fluor’s mining and metals business, said.
“Fluor’s resume includes some of the world’s most significant copper projects. This experience, combined with our integrated solutions approach, brings cost and execution certainty to the project.”
BHP approved a $US2.46 billion ($3.12 billion) investment to extend the life of the Spence mine by more than 50 years in August.
The investment includes the development of the SGO project. BHP is targeting first production at SGO in the 2021 financial year.