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Wednesday, June 19 2019 @ 04:01 AM UTC

Petaquilla Mining Plant Almost Ready to Begin Production

Gold & Mining Jerónimo Ramírez U. for La Estrella - The mining company Petaquilla Minerals, S.A. has almost finished construction of their mineral processing plant, at a cost of more than $60 million dollars, that will have the capacity to process more than 2,000 tons of material per day. Petaquilla has a 20-year (extend-able) mining concession from the government of Panama. In spite of protests of environmentalists, indigenous people and farmers, the directors of the company are optimistic in the future of the mining in Panama and announced that they complying with all of the requirements of their Environmental Impact Study. The mining company will invest more than $1 billion dollars in diverse activities related to mining, ecotourism, and sustainable development of the bordering communities. Petaquilla Minerals, S.A. intends to open a road to the Atlantic and to build a high capacity port facility that would permit the transport of the minerals they extract to international markets. Gold fever is just beginning, amid the voices of protest and gratitude of Petaquilla's neighbors in the communities in the provinces of Colon and Cocle.

Petaquilla se alista para comenzar a extraer oro

Jerónimo Ramírez U. jramirez@estrelladepanama.com

La empresa minera Petaquilla Minerals, S.A. ha entrado en la recta final para culminar los trabajos de construcción de la planta procesadora de minerales, cuya inversión supera los $60 millones y que tendrá capacidad para manipular más de 2,000 toneladas de material rocoso, gracias a una concesión que adquirió del Estado en 2007, por 20 años prorrogables.

A pesar de las protestas de grupos ecologistas, indígenas y de la Coordinadora Campesina, los directivos de la empresa se muestran optimistas en el futuro de la minería en Panamá y anunciaron que cumplieron con todos los requisitos de seguridad e Impacto Ambiental.

La empresa minera invertirá mil millones de dólares para diversas actividades relacionadas con la minería, ecoturismo y desarrollo sostenible de las comunidades aledañas.

Asimismo, Petaquilla Minerals, S.A. pretende abrir una salida hacia el Atlántico e instalar un puerto de alto calado que permita transportar a los mercados internacionales el material mineral que extraiga.

La fiebre del oro apenas comienza, entre voces de protesta y gratitud de sus vecinos en la apartada comunidad colonense y coclesana.

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