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International Participants before entering CODELCO’s El Teniente NML Mine

International Ground Support Summit in Santiago de Chile

18 November 2016

Organized by the Camera de Comercio Chileno-Suiza and under the patronage of CODELCO and Geobrugg Andina S.A. the 1st International Ground Support Summit took place in Santiago de Chile between 8th and 10th November.

The conference was framed by two site visits for the international participants: by a visit to CODELCO’s impressive NML project at the El Teniente mine - the world’s largest underground copper mine - and and by a showcase of tunneling works of Alto Maipo Hydro Power Station.

Since in both locations the miners face substantial rock burst issues, similar surface support systems capable of absorbing extremely high energies (> 60 kJ) are being installed using Geobrugg’s MINAX® mesh.

The miners from all over the world especially appreciated the opportunity to exchange their vast experience and know-how and also the very interesting speeches.