The edapho-climatic and geographical peculiarities of the Coquimbo Region, as the southern limit of the driest desert in the world and the northern limit of the only Mediterranean biome in South America, make it a highly attractive territory and an ideal environment for the development of R&D projects in green mining. According to the EY Report, Chilean mining companies aim to move to a long-term relationship with the communities on issues such as quality of life and the future, through participatory prioritization mechanisms with the communities and social investment tools.

The Asociación Valor Minero (Mining Value Association) managed to synthesize the vision of Chilean Mining by 2035 as a virtuous, inclusive and sustainable mining to improve the quality of life of future generations. For that year, it is expected to export from 130 to 150 MM Ton. Also, 250 world-class supplier companies will be created that export knowledge-intensive technologies and services with businesses for a total of US $ 10,000 MM.

The Coquimbo Region is the second largest producer of Iron (Mineral tm 1.75 MM and Fe 1.13 tmf), Molybdenum (13,374 tmf), third producer of copper (482,975 tmf), silver (114,308 tmf), gold (4,031 tmf) . In addition, it is the second largest producer of concentrates (13,374 mtf) (SERNAGEOMIN 2018), with which it is possible to implement high-impact green mining initiatives in the territory.

Smart Cities Businesses

For its development, the Coquimbo Region has integrated one of the most ambitious logistics interconnection projects in the country, the “Black Waters Tunnel”. Its great magnitude represents an opportunity for the development of multiple projects that support City / Port integration with services. The so-called “Smart Ports” correspond to the fourth phase of the historical development of ports (Deloitte “Smart Ports”) and their integration can be described in four areas:

  • Digitization of the Port Authority
  • Port terminal integration
  • Port – City Integration
  • Integration with the Global Logistics Chain
  • The services related to the City / Port integration can be described based on the evolution of technology adoption, as it can be observed in the following graph of the study “Smart Ports Benchmarking Study” by Frost & Sullivan (Touch and Expand)