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Largest Cuban mining project nears completion

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Largest Cuban mining project nears completionHAVANA, Cuba, May 12 (ACN) The Castellanos Project, the largest Cuban mining investment located in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, will be operational in July.

Cuban Vice-President Commander of the Revolution Ramiro Valdes visited the site along Energy and Mining Minister Alfredo Lopez, where they were informed that the works at already at 72 percent of full completion.
At a cost of some 278 million US dollars, the mine and the refining plant will be able to process a million tons of lead and zinc each year at full capacity, to extract the concentrates that will be sold in the Cuban and foreign markets.
Antonio Vila, general manager of the joint venture in charge of the works, Empresa Mixta Minera del Caribe S. A (Emincar), said they are in the final stages of the installment of equipment, power and water lines in the premises.
He said they will later install the computerized systems for the plant, a work that is scheduled to be finished by June 30. They are also setting up a water treatment plant that will benefit communities close to the mine, and to repair over 20 kilometers of roads on the area.
This mine is expected to have a useful life of 11 years, but adjacent metal deposits allow them to predict another full decade of exploitation.
The manager of the refining plant, Eusebio Hernandez praised how fast the works have been done, and the performance of the 1300 workers in this project

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