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Rio and CODELCO form the Río de Cobre alliance

Río de Cobre alliance
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Rio Tinto and CODELCO have entered into the Río de Cobre (River of Copper) technology alliance agreement. The new alliance allows both companies to jointly pursue next generation copper mining and processing technology development. The aim is to deliver safer, more energy efficient and lower cost of production from both current and next generation open cut and deep underground mines whilst operating with a lower a overall environmental impact.

Governed by an independent chair and vice chair, Río de Cobre will pursue step change technology development in the areas of surface mining, underground mining and copper mineral recovery.

Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto’s CEO said: “I am delighted that we have entered into the Río de Cobre alliance with CODELCO. Combining the Rio Tinto ‘Mine of the Future’ programme with the industry renowned copper technology expertise of CODELCO positions both of our companies to best confront the challenges posed by the increasing demand for copper.”

CODELCO CEO, Jose Pablo Arellano said: “CODELCO is extremely pleased to be signing the Rio de Cobre Alliance with Rio Tinto. This initiative will make major technological breakthroughs possible and will help us to meet the challenges faced in underground mining, where we have the largest projects in the copper industry.”
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