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codelco co rporaci n nacional del co bre de chile

Codelco: CorporaciÓnNacionaldel Cobre de Chile

By: Maddy Betlach, Grace Owens, Alex Cantarera, Lisa Volpatti, Abby Stein

chilean culture
Chilean Culture
  • Music
    • Folklore to modern to classical
  • Cuisine
    • Assortment of seafood, beef, fruits, and vegetables
  • Sports
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
industry analysis overview
Industry Analysis: Overview
  • Governmentally-owned copper company
  • Formalized in 1976
  • President – Minister of Mining
    • Board of Directors (7 members) – elected by President
  • Headquartered in Santiago
  • Five primary divisions: Codelco Norte, Salvador, Andina, Ventanas, and El Teniente
  • Largest copper producing company in the world
ventanas division smelter
Ventanas Division - smelter
  • Transferred from ENAMI in May 2005
  • Products: cathode copper; gold, silver, and selenium from anode slime left over
  • Industry: Copper, lead, and zinc refining
  • Major competitors: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Rio TintoPlc, Grupo Mexico S.A., BHP Billiton, Xstrata Plc
ventanas cont
Ventanas, Cont.
  • Challenges: Revenue growth volatile from year to year (due to supply and demand uncertainty), dependence on natural resource
  • Opportunities: High barriers to entry – start-up costs, many established companies dominate market, dependence on natural resource
  • Interest to Engineering – actual copper smelting process, copper use in other industries (construction, electrical, etc.)
  • Interest to Business – Effects of nationalization of copper/being governmentally owned; truly global competition
social and political impact
Social and Political Impact
  • Hires over 18,000 people
  • Government owned
    • Nationalized under Salvador Allende
    • Interference during a crisis
    • 10% tax on foreign currency sales
    • Receives all excess spending
  • People’s Reform
    • Benefits for minimum wage
    • Strong government control remained
environmental impact
Environmental Impact
  • Pollution
    • Chuquicamata
      • arsenic
    • River Loa
    • Initiatives to reduce arsenic emissions by 97%
    • Ventanas Division in 2007
      • 375,000 metric tons of copper
      • 141,000 kilograms of silver
      • 3500 kilograms of gold
      • 329,000 tons of sulfuric acid
  • Depletion
copper smelting
Copper Smelting
  • Extract copper ore from Earth
    • El Teniente
    • Chuquicamata
    • Transportation
    • Leach heaps
    • Crushing mills
copper smelting1
Copper Smelting
  • Oxide minerals
  • Leaching
  • Electrowinning
  • Sulfide minerals
  • Crushing
  • Froth flotation
  • Smelting
  • Electrorefining
products shipped to customers
Products Shipped to Customers
  • Shipped 1.94 million tons of copper in 2007
  • Products:
  • refined copper cathodes (99.99% pure)
  • copper concentrates
  • blister or anode copper
  • molybdenum
  • anodic slime
  • sulphuric acid
  • How are products shipped?
  • from major ports:
    • - Chilean port of San Antonio
environmental factors
Environmental Factors

“The mission of Codelco is to develop in a responsible and agile way, all of its capacity for the mining and related businesses, in order to maximize its economic value and its contribution to the Chilean State in the long-term.”

  • Sustainable Development Policy of Codelco, 2003
  • Spent $733 million on environmental projects:
    • Reduction of smelter emissions
    • Improve efficiency of water and energy use
    • Management of solid and liquid wastes
  • Certified under the International Standard ISO-14001 in all its Divisions in 2003
  • Codelco Good neighbor program
    • A green cover for Chañaral
    • Teniente Voluntary Environmental Agreement
safety concerns
Safety Concerns
  • Smelting
    • Poisonous fumes and dust
    • Excessive heat and noise
    • Electrical hazards during

electrolytic processes

  • Open Pit Mining
    • Blasting
    • Fear of slopes caving in
skills and engineering jobs
Skills and Engineering Jobs

Skills vary from hard manual labor to using engineering techniques to improve output.

Most employees have no secondary education and control certain aspects of the smelter

Engineers are predominantly used checking the reliability of the equipment and also the copper product itself.

  • How long does the actual process of turning the copper ore into copper sheets take?
  • Why is Codelco involved in the production of sulfuric acid as well as copper?
  • Codelco is striving produce 50% of the Chilean copper exports, how will this be reached?
  • What is the rate of injury in the plant?
  • What effects do you think being governmentally owned has had on the company overall?
  • How do you handle competing in a truly global market?
  • Has the volcano in Iceland affected shipping?
  • How much does public opinion affect your operations?