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Freeport-McMoRan Copper Gold Inc. (Freeport-McMoRan) is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
Freeport-McMoRan operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. Freeport-McMoRan has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the worlds largest producer of molybdenum.
Freeport-McMoRans portfolio of assets includes the Grasberg minerals district in Indonesia, the worlds largest copper and gold mine in terms of recoverable reserves; significant mining operations in the Americas, including the large-scale Morenci minerals district in North America and the Cerro Verde and El Abra operations in South America; and the Tenke Fungurume minerals district in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper Golds global workforce includes over 30,000 employees. The company has a strong commitment to safety performance, environmental management and to the local communities where it operates. Freeport-McMoRan is a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals and committed to implementation of the ICMM Sustainable Development Framework.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Constructs Water Treatment Plant
In a ceremony attended by President Ollanta Humala of Peru, the city of Arequipa celebrated the opening of a new water treatment plant that will provide the community 24-hour access to potable water. The project was financed by Cerro Verde, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold.
The La Tomilla II plant initially will benefit 300,000 residents, some of whom previously only had access to potable water for one or two hours a day. The plant will ultimately serve the majority of the Arequipa population of about 1 million people.
Once the plant is expanded to its full capacity, Arequipa will be the only city in Peru to have nearly 100 percent of its population provided with potable water 24 hours a day.
La Tomilla uses a tunnel system based on gravity to draw and carry water 11 kilometers from the river to the water treatment facility, where it is processed and made ready for reuse.
For further information about how Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. manages water usage, please visit their website at http://www.fcx.com/envir/envir_water.htm
Please see the 2011 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/envir/wtsd/pdf-wtsd/2011/WTSD_Bk_2011.pdf