The electrification transition is already in motion and driving demand for copper, an essential metal for manufacturing emerging technologies. Copper is already found in electronics worldwide, and as clean energy technologies aim to replace fossil fuels, demand will only increase — it’s projected that copper demand will likely reach 50 million metric tons by 2035. A separate analysis estimates the world copper deficit may hit an all-time high of 9.9 million metric tons by 2035.
Growing copper demand has put the spotlight on Chile which hosts some of the world’s largest copper deposits. It is currently the top copper producer in the world, producing more than twice the volume of its closest competitor, Peru. The country is a stable, mining-friendly jurisdiction that has already attracted prolific mining companies.
Los Andes Copper (TSXV:LA, OTCQX:LSANF) is a Vancouver-based mining company focusing on developing its 100% owned, Vizcachitas copper-molybdenum porphyry project in Chile. Vizcachitas is one of the largest advanced copper projects not owned by a major mining company and has the potential to become a world-class mine. An experienced management team with decades of varied experience in the natural resources industry provides confidence in the company’s ability to reach its goals.
The company filed a positive pre-feasibility study in 2023 indicating US$2.78 billion after-tax net present value (NPV) using an 8 percent discount rate and an internal rate of return (IRR) of 24.2 percent at US$ 3.68/lb copper, US$12.90/lb molybdenum and US$21.79/oz silver, with an estimated initial capital cost of US$2.44 billion. The PFS also highlighted a construction period of 3.25 years and a payback period of 2.5 years from initial production.
Los Andes works closely with the local community to support the development of local businesses and social organizations. The company has joined the Association of Small Miners of Putaendo and has established a number of programmes to support social organizations, local technical high schools and female entrepreneurs. Los Andes is also environmentally aware and strives to maintain an excellent ESG rating.
The company’s management team is experienced in the natural resources industry, including experts in geology, community affairs and corporate finance.
Los Andes Copper is a Vancouver-based mining company focused on developing its world-class Vizcachitas copper project in Chile.To support the project, the company has received a combined US$14 million in investments from Queen’s Road Capital and US$ 20 million from Ecora Resources.The Vizcachitas project has tremendous blue-sky potential and is the largest advanced copper project in the Americas owned by a junior miner.The company strives to maintain an excellent ESG rating and works closely to support the local community and minimize the project’s environmental impact.An experienced management team leads Los Andes Copper with a range of experience throughout the mining industry.
Vizcachitas Copper Project
The 100-percent-owned Chilean Vizcachitas copper project is one of the largest advanced copper deposits in the Americas and the largest deposit owned by a junior miner. The project is located in the Rio Rocin Valley, roughly 150 kilometers northeast of Santiago.
Strong Existing Infrastructure: The project is accessed by a 124-kilometer paved highway, a nearby railway and shipping ports. Due to the presence of existing copper mines, smelting facilities are accessible by railway. Additionally, there are multiple large power substations near the project.Completed PFS: 2023 Pre-Feasibility Study results indicated:
Santiago Montt – CEO
With 11 years of experience in the mining sector, Santiago Montt has a law degree from the University of Chile, a J.S.D. law degree (Ph.D.) from Yale University, and a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University. He has worked for BHP from 2011 to 2021 in various roles: vice-president of corporate affairs for the Americas, VP ligation (Global), VP legal Brazil, and VP legal copper. He is an experienced professional in the areas of stakeholder management, risk management, crisis management, project management and commercial and legal affairs.
Antony Amberg – Chief Geologist
Anthony Amber is a chartered geologist with 32 years of diverse experience working in Asia, Africa and South America. Amberg is a qualified person under NI 43-101. He has managed various exploration projects ranging from grassroots through to JORC-compliant feasibility studies. In 2001, he returned to Chile where he started a geological consulting firm specializing in project evaluation and NI 43-101 technical reports. He began his career in 1986 working with Anglo American in South Africa before moving on to work for the likes of Severin-Southern Sphere, Bema Gold, Rio Tinto and Kazakhstan Minerals Corporation.
Ignacio Melero – Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability
Ignacio Melero is a lawyer with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with vast experience in corporate and community affairs. Prior to Los Andes, Ignacio was responsible for community affairs at CMPC, having managed community and stakeholder affairs for a number of its pulp and forestry divisions throughout the country. Ignacio has worked for the Government of Chile, in the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency. He was responsible for the inter-ministerial coordination of the ChileAtiende project, a multi-service network linking communities, regional governments and public services.
Gonzalo Saldias – Geologist Consultant
Gonzalo Saldias is a geologist with a degree from the Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile, with more than 35 years of experience working within Chile and internationally. He worked for Antofagasta Minerals from 2007 to 2015, and for Placer Dome Latin America for ten years. He also worked for Codelco as head of exploration geology for the El Salvador Division.
Harry Nijjar – Chief Financial Officer
Harry Nijjar holds a CPA CMA designation from the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. He is a managing director of Malaspina Consultants. Nijjar has been working with public and private companies for the past 10 years in various roles. He is also currently the CFO of Darien Business Development and Clarmin Explorations.
Manuel Matta – Senior Mining & Project Consultant
Manuel Matta is a mining engineer from the University of Chile, with more than 30 years of experience in operations, planning and projects. He worked for Falconbridge and Xstrata as vice-president of projects and development where he led the expansion of the Collahuasi mine. He was also the general manager of Altonorte Smelter in Chile. Matta also worked for Barrick Gold in Chile and the Dominican Republic and was the general manager of Las Cenizas copper mines in Chile.