Castellanos Mining Project in Santa Lucía, Pinar del Río / Photo: Dorelys Canivell Canal
Less than a year and a half from the creation of the Castellanos mining project in Santa Lucía, Minas de Matahambre municipality, its workers are set to start up the plant the upcoming June.
The details of the works were ratified Thursday by Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés Menéndez, member of the Politburo of the Party and vicepresident of the Councils of State and Ministers, who became interested by the actions in the mine, the impact of the rain and the labor force.
José A. Vila Fernández, general manager of the Caribbean Mining Company (Emincar in Spanish), noted that they have advanced 72 %, which will allow set the plant in motion, run tests, calibrate and start producing in October.
Castellanos, which holds reserves for 11 years of exploitation, will admit the process of one million tons per year for the extraction of lead and zinc. The Santa Lucía deposit, located next, will offer 10 years more to the plant.
Eusebio Hernández González, head of the processing plant, explained that it has a circuit in which the mineral is previously ground until 150 millimetres, then it is ground once again until reaching 53 micra; that’s the product that is taken to the floating plant and then some reactive is added to allow the lead float first and the zinc later”.
He also explained that the main works are now focused in opening the deposit, the tailings dam to store the final waste of the technological process and the processing plant.
The investment, that upwards 270 million dollars, have a total of 1 300 workers that work by shifts 24/7. Once the tasks of the plant begin, they will operate with 550 men.
In addition, they are working of the repair of the port, the water pipe and intend to invest on a water treatment plant for the village and on the roads of the territory.
The visiting delegation included Gladys Martínez Verdecia, member of the Central Committee and first secretary of the Party in Pinar del Río; Ernesto Barreto Castillo, president of the Provincial Assembly of People’s Power and Alfredo López Valdés, Ministry of Energy and Mines.
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