The tunnellers from Strabag, together with those from Strabag subsidiary Züblin Chile and a local partner, will build several tunnels to improve the infrastructure of the mine. The contract is worth about €100m (£79m) and will be carried out over a period of three years.
Hans Peter Haselsteiner, CEO of Strabag SE, explained Strabag’s strategy: “In markets outside of Europe, we work on selective projects which require special technical know-how. This is especially true for tunnelling.”
Both the mine and the nearest city of Calama are located in one of the driest places on Earth, in Chile’s Atacama Desert, approximately 1,250km north of the capital of Santiago. The client is Chile-based Codelco.