Codelco Selects Foxboro SCADA System for Chuquicamata Copper Mine in Chile

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State-of-the-art SCADA solution will remotely monitor, supervise, and control the electric distribution system at one of the world's largest and most modern copper mines

FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS - August 23, 2004 - Division Norte of CODELCO, the Chilean national copper mining company, has awarded Invensys Systems Chile SA a US$2 million contract to provide a state-of-the-art Foxboro electric distribution SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system at the company's Chuquicamata mining complex. Chuquicamata is one of the largest and most modern copper mines in the world and accounts for more than 70% of Codelco's total copper production.

As part of a complete electric SCADA solution for the mine, Invensys is also retrofitting the controls at 26 electric substations utilizing the latest Foxboro RTU (Remote Terminal Unit) technology and implementing a comprehensive suite of EMS (Energy Management System) and DMS (Distribution Management System) applications.

This represents the second major Foxboro electric SCADA system that Invensys Chile (a unit of Invensys Process Systems) has implemented for Codelco in recent years. The earlier project, for Codelco's El Teniente division is in the final stages of installation.

CODELCO, Corporación del Cobre de Chile, a 100% Chilean Republic owned company, is the world largest copper producer. Founded in 1976 as a result of the nationalization of the biggest copper mines of the country, Codelco is organized in five divisions: Codelco Norte, Salvador, Andina, El Teniente and Talleres.

Its production is in the range of 1.6 million tons of cooper and with 77 MTn has the world largest copper reserve. For more information visit

About Invensys Process Systems

Process Systems, a business unit of Invensys plc, provides products, services and solutions for the automation and optimization of industrial process plants. Invensys Process Systems includes industry-leading brands such as Foxboro, Triconex, SimSci-Esscor, Wonderware, and Avantis, whose products are installed in more than 100,000 plants across the world. These range from small hybrid and batch plants to the world's largest refineries, gas plants, petrochemicals plants, power plants, pulp and paper mills, and mineral processing plants.

The Invensys Group ( is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange. With 35,000 employees operating in 60 countries, Invensys helps customers to improve their performance and profitability, building value for end users and shareholders alike.

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