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International Mining Missions

Austmine's missions take Australian METS companies to prospective overseas mining markets for a week of site visits, meetings, networking events and briefings with leading mining companies, local suppliers, associations and government bodies.

Our missions are designed to give participants a deep understanding of the local mining market, procurement practices and project opportunities and aim to assist Australian METS in positioning their business as a potential supplier to mining operations around the globe. Austmine puts together a program to ensure the right meetings take place and that your company is introduced to a range of decision makers who are interested in potentially buying your products and services, ranging from senior level executives to technical personnel on site. Austmine often partners with Austrade, state governments and local associations in organising missions. 

Why participate in an Austmine mission?

Exclusive site visits to build knowledge and gain insights from technical personnel on mining projects around the world 
Present your capabilities to senior management and executives of local and multi-national mining companies
Gather information from local experts on mining operations, market conditions and export strategies
An unparalleled opportunity to build numerous connections in key markets through networking events
Form relationships and build partnerships with fellow mission attendees, local METS, government agencies and relevant associations


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Export event Date: 30 Apr 2018, 7:00 AM - 4 May 2018, 3:00 PM
SOLD OUT: Chile Mining Mission: 30 April - 4 May 2018

SOLD OUT: Chile Mining Mission: 30 April - 4 May 2018

Join Austmine's Chile Mining Mission to explore emerging opportunities in world leading copper operations! 

Why Participate in Austmine's Chile Mining Mission?

A unique opportunity to visit world leading mega mines
Meet senior management of Codelco, BHP, Antofagasta Minerals and more
Position your business to capitalise on rising copper prices and new projects and expansions such as BHP's Spence mine and CODELCO’s underground mine expansion at Chuquicamanta
Present your innovative solutions to miners seeking to explore advanced technologies and next generation products


Mission Overview: 

Austmine's 2018 Chile mission will provide a rare opportunity to build connections with management, executives and technical personnel at some of the largest and most sophisticated mine sites in the world. It will take place the week after Expomin in Santiago and a week before Austmine's Peru Mining Mission, providing an opportunity for Australian companies to be involved in a number of different business development activities in the South American market. 

To maximise your opportunities in South America, we encourage companies attending our Chile or Peru mission to consider participating in Expomin. There is an opportunity to be part of the Australian Mining Innovation Pavilion organised by Austrade and participate in a range of activities specifically for Australian companies. A special Expomin package is available for Austmine members participating on our missions. 

For companies from South Australia, you may be interested in the South Australia Expanding Marketing South America Program which incorporates our missions to Chile and/or Peru. For more information click here

Our proposed agenda for the Chile mission is (this is subject to change): 


Site visits offer a unique experience to improve your understanding of how your technology and services can be implemented at mines in Chile. 

BHP Escondida - This copper-gold-silver mine is located in the arid, northern Atacama Desert of Chile about 160km southeast the port of Antofagasta, at an elevation of 3,050m above sea level. The mine is a joint venture between BHP-Billiton (57.5%), Rio Tinto (30%), a Japanese consortium (10%) and the International Finance Corporation (2.5%). Its two open-cut pits currently feed two concentrator plants which use grinding and flotation technologies to produce copper concentrate, as well as two leaching operations (oxide and sulphide).

Antofagasta Minerals Centinela - Centinela was formed during 2014 from the merger of the Esperanza and El Tesoro mines. Centinela is located in Chile's Antofagasta region, 1,350 km north of Santiago, in an important region with sulphide and oxide deposits. It produces copper concentrate (containing gold and silver) through a milling and flotation process at Centinela Concentrates and copper cathodes using a solvent extraction electrowinning process ("SX-EW") at Centinela Cathodes. Centinela’s second concentrator will be built some 7 km from Centinela’s current concentrator. It is expected to have an ore throughput capacity of approximately 90,000 tonnes per day, with annual production of approximately 140,000 tonnes of copper, 150,000 ounces of gold and 3,000 tonnes of molybdenum. It is currently planned that ore will first be sourced from the Esperanza Sur deposit and, once mining at Encuentro Oxides is completed, ore will also be sourced from Encuentro Sulphides.

BHP Spence - Spence copper cathode project is located 1,700m above sea level in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile and 150km north east of Antofagasta. Capital expenditure of US$2.46 billion was approved for the Spence Growth Option (SGO) at the Spence open-cut copper mine in northern Chile, which will extend the mine life by more than 50 years. Spence’s expansion contemplates the construction of a concentrator plant to increase production and extend the life of the deposit about 20 years. It also includes an $800 million separate investment in a desalination plant at Mejillones port, located about 60 km north of Antofagasta city. 


Codelco Chuquicamata - Chuquicamata one of the largest open pit copper mines and the second deepest open-pit mine in the world, is located 1,650km north of Santiago, Chile. A new underground mine is being developed to access the ore body situated beneath the present open pit mine. The new underground mine, scheduled begin operations in 2019, will comprise of four production levels, a 7.5km main access tunnel, five clean air injection ramps, and two air-extraction shafts. The tunnels will deepen the mine by nearly 787m by the end of production in 2060. The underground mine will be developed at an estimated cost of $4.2bn and will produce an estimated 140,000 tonnes of ore per day. It mine is expected to produce 366,000t of copper and 18,000t of fine molybdenum per year.

Along with the exceptional opportunity of visiting these top class sites, the mission includes structured meetings, presentations and networking events to ensure you can make the most of your time in Chile. This is highlighted by the Australia/Chile METS cocktail reception, along with presentation opportunities for mission attendees to communicate their expertise to local miners. Meetings and briefings are designed to delve into the information that's important to Australian suppliers, including project updates, needs of local mines, export insights, local networks, the technological landscape and the regulatory overview. 

Along with the companies mentioned above in site visits, the mission will seek to initiate opportunities with: Anglo American, CAP Mining, Kinross Chile and Glencore.

Mission Fee & Registration: 

Austmine Members: $2900 + GST (Max 1 attendee per company) 

Non - Members: contact Robert Trzebski on

Austmine members can receive significant savings on International business development by registering for the Peru Mining Mission as well and receive 2 missions for $5,000 + GST. A special Expomin package is available for Austmine members participating on our mission. Please contact us for more information.

Mission fee does not include flights (international, domestic and charter) and accommodation and meals. There will be a maximum of 12 attendees on the mission. 

To register for this mission use the 'enquire now' button below or contact to receive the registration form.

Login to the self-service portal for more information on the Chilean market. 

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Export event Date: 30 Apr 2018, 7:00 AM - 4 May 2018, 3:00 PM

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We encourage Australian METS to participate in an International Mining Mission if they are: 

  • Seeking to break into a key export market 
  • Looking to grow their business in a foreign country further 
  • Undertaking initial market reconnaissance and want to learn about the local mining sector
  • Experienced exporters who are aiming to build new connections and expand their presence
  • Successful Australian businesses who have a local office and would like to send their in-market representative

Missions are generally comprised of a maximum of 12 attendees and have a busy agenda that runs from early on Monday to late Friday afternoon. Registration fees for Austmine members usually range between $2,500 - $4,000 + GST and cover costs of venue hire, catering for networking functions, ground transportation, Austrade and local partner fees and other direct expenses. The mission fee does not include international or domestic flights, accommodation and meals, travel insurance or VISA fees, if required. 

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Looking to Expand Globally? 

Austmine members can access special deals with our Industry Partners who have joined us to support the global growth of the METS sector. 

Qatar Airways is offering Austmine members a special discount valid for travel to some of their top destinations worldwide, including London, Doha, Moscow, Paris, plus many more. Simply use the special code AUSTMINE to enjoy up to 12% off* your next Qatar Airways flight.

OFX is Austmine's global foreign exchange partner and is offering competitive money transfers and exchange rates for our members to support international business growth and trade. They also provide a range of consultancy and information services for managing currency abroad, and their team is here to assist in expanding your horizons. Find more details here.



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What our attendees say

The Austmine Chilean Mission, that FloLevel Technologies joined in 2016, created major opportunities for our specialized process instrumentation to the worlds largest Copper producers. Typically the time to achieve this acceptance, from the clients, could be in years of developing relationships, but the Austmine mission was highly respected by the Chilean Mining Companies and therefore, relationship development between supplier and customer was expedited much faster.

Rob Stirling, Managing Director, FloLevel Technologies


I enjoyed the 2016 Russian mission. I learnt a great deal from the other participants attending, this was invaluable. When the mission wrapped up I was happy about the outcome in that I received very good interest but was left with the impression that the Russian market would be difficult to penetrate. However, in the 10 months following my visit, my company has done very well in selling software and products into the region. More than I could have imagined.  

David Way, Chief Executive Officer, JKTech



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