The Vizcachitas project is located approximately 150 km northeast of Santiago, in the Rio Rocin Valley, at a road distance of 46 km from the town of Putaendo in an area with very good infrastructure and available water.
The deposit occurs in the same geological belt as several other giant porphyry deposits including Río Blanco-Los Bronces (101 million tonnes contained copper), Los Pelambres-Pachon (46 million tonnes contained copper) and El Teniente (128 million tonnes contained copper) .
Access is by 124 km of paved highway northeast from Santiago to the village of Los Patos, followed by 26 km of unpaved road. The Vizcachitas camp is located at an elevation of 1950m above mean sea level (AMSL), and the site elevation is in the range of 1900m to 2400m AMSL.
The concentrate port of Ventanas is located approximately 140 km from the project site. A railway line currently servicing Codelco’s concentrate shipments runs through San Felipe, a city located at a road distance of 65 km from the project site. The San Felipe to Ventanas railway line runs for approximately 120 km. The San Antonio and Valparaiso ports are also alternatives.
Along the railway line from San Felipe to the Ventanas port there are two smelters. The Ventanas copper smelter owned by Codelco is located beside the port. The Chagres smelter, owned by Anglo American plc, is located along the railway line approximately 25 km from San Felipe.
The Central Power Grid (SIC) can be accessed at the 220-kv substation of Nogales, located approximately 105 km from the project site and at Los Maquis, located approximately 65 km from the project site.