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Sprott to use block caving to boost Tres Valles

Among arid, cacti-studded hills in Chile’s Coquimbo region, 45km west of Antofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres copper mine, Sprott Resource Holdings is advancing an innovative plan to increase production and reduce costs at the Minera Tres Valles (MTV) copper mine spread over the Cárcamo, Manquehua and Quilmenco valleys, and become as well-known for being an operator as the Sprott name is in other parts of the natural resource sector.

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Sprott Resource Holdings COO Joe Philips by the Don Gabriel mine in Chile

The key to this transformation is deploying the incline block-cave mining method in the relatively modest-sized Papamono mine.