Construction of La Joya
Why Construct a New Facility in Southern Peru?
In Spanish, "La Joya" translates to "The Jewel" and Moly-Cop's latest grinding media facility in La Joya, Peru is certainly the jewel in the crown of Moly-Cop's international manufacturing facilities since it was fully commissioned in November 2016.
Moly-Cop has operated a grinding media facility in Arequipa, Peru since 1981 with an initial capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per year. For the past 34 years this operation has gradually increased its grinding media production capacity to 60,000 metric tonnes per year as a consequence of the increasing market demand of the Peruvian mining market for grinding balls. However the continuous market demand in the region and technological advances in the production of grinding media has resulted in Moly-Cop management making the decision to construct the new grinding media facility just 48 km from Arequipa in the town of La Joya.
The location of the site is important, as La-Joya is located close to major southern mining operations and projects such as Freeport’s Cerro Verde mine, the Cuajone and Toquepala operations of SCC, Glencore’s Antapaccay, Hudbay’s Constancia and MMG’s Las Bambas mine. Moly-Cop also operates a plant in Lima that services the central and northern grinding media markets of Peru.
This greenfield project was constructed on a 148,000m² site located in the La Joya District, 48km from Arequipa. Civil works commenced in October 2014, with building construction starting in May 2015. The facility commenced operations in November 2016 and is currently ramping up to its design capacity to manufacture 174,000 metric tonnes per year of grinding media. The facility also has the flexibility for future market growth with space allocated for additional production capacity.
As the new facility is situated in one of the driest environments on the planet, the design of the new facility has incorporated technologies to reduce the water consumption of the plant to the lowest within the Moly-Cop group.
Given its strategic location, the facility is an extremely important supplier of grinding media to customers in southern Peru. Moly-Cop Country Manager for Peru, Javier Castro, says “Moly-Cop has an international supply network of nine grinding media facilities located in key mining regions around the world. The La Joya facility, is a state of the art grinding media facility that will provide us with the capability to not only meet the current market demand, but also the forecasted growth for grinding media in southern Peru over the next five years.” "Due to our close proximity to our customers we can provide a short and responsive supply chain and in market presence for technical after sales support"
The facility will also have a positive impact on the local community. “The facility will be a major employer in the region, both direct and indirectly” says Castro.
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