Client Corporatión Chilene del Cobre (CODELCO)

Location Atacama Desert, Chile

Sectors Mining

The challenge

Provide reliable power in a remote and harsh location

When you're somewhere 100 times more arid then a place called ‘Death Valley’ you know you're in a harsh environment. Corporatión Chilene del Cobre (CODELCO) is the world's largest producer of copper but they have to go to the Atacama Desert, 2,700 metres above sea level, to get it.

The Gaby copper mine has more than 4,000 workers, so a constant source of power is an absolute necessity. CODELCO needed a reliable power partner who could stand up to the conditions, who knew mining regulations like the back of their hand, and who could provide them with reliable power. We knew we could help.


Project fact file

100 x

More arid than Death Valley

2,700 metres

Above sea level

4,000 workers

In the camp

10 days

Time to install

5 MW

Power supplied

The solution

A system of generators to supply power across the mine

Within 10 days of receiving the letter of intent we were up in the Atacama Desert, supplying power to the site through small generators scattered across the mine. We installed a 5 MW system of generators, transformers and bulk fuel tanks, together with adding a control room soon after to provide the total requirements. We included a trailer-mounted 1,000 litre fuel tank, complying with all health and safety requirements, as part of the storage and delivery system. And our technicians provided 24-hour on-site service to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.


the aggreko difference

Our generators supply the power you need – even in the harshest conditions.

The impact

A safe power supply that our customer could rely on

 Our monitors gave us a birds-eye view of how our systems were coping overall, as well as a micro view of all the operating units. This meant we could keep things running optimally and the technicians could save on fuel coast by dialing the power up or down, according to demands. Our fuel tanks were tested against strict health and safety regulations and are self bunded and pressure tested so they never leak giving full confidence that the system was safe, reliable and robust.


“We knew the conditions were unforgiving. That’s why we double-checked all equipment and paid strict attention to health and safety.”

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