Objective to recover 80-82% of the mineral content
The Barruecopardo mine is a tungsten open-pit mine with a current mine life of 10 years. After that, the mine could transition to an underground Stage 2. "The mine’s objective is to process one-and-a-half million tons of ore per year with 80-82% recovery of the mineral content," says Saloro’s Jesús Martin, Director of the site.
The site is going to be exploited for the recovery of scheelite, which is one of the economically viable minerals for tungsten extraction. “Tungsten is an important alloy component in steels and is used in tool manufacturing and in steels that need to perform under high temperatures or high stress, such as in the development of drill bits and curring tools,” explains Saloro’s Tomás Vecillas, Functional Director.