Freeport-McMoRan's El Abra Operation in Chile Awards 62 Scholarships Through the Indigenous Scholarship Program

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Minera El Abra recently awarded 62 scholarships to indigenous students from the nearby communities of Alto El Loa Province and Calama to further their university or technical school studies. 

The site's Indigenous Scholarship program provides financial assistance to recipients and encourages them to use what they learn to make a meaningful difference in their communities. El Abra presented the awards during a special WebEx ceremony with site representatives due to precautions surrounding COVID-19. 

Freeport-McMoRan's El Abra Operation in Chile Offers Free Training for Indigenous Leaders

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August 13, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Minera El Abra, in partnership with the Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Chile (UC), have launched a free online training platform for indigenous communities in the Antofagasta Region.

The Comprehensive Knowledge for Community Strengthening program will train 100 leaders and members of indigenous communities in Alto El Loa, Calama and Ollagüe, to strengthen knowledge, skills and competences in various topics.

Freeport-McMoRan Foundation in Chile Equips Community Center in Ollagüe


Minera El Abra, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, provided the nearby town of Ollagüe over $22,000 to furnish a community center with technological equipment, kitchenware and office furniture. This contribution will help facilitate meetings, training sessions and community gatherings.

To learn more about how Freeport-McMoRan invests in communities where it operates, see fcx.com.

El Abra, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Increases Use of Renewable Energy


El Abra operations is working to increase its percentage of renewable energy to reach the goal of 100% use of renewables by 2021.

El Abra recently extended an energy supply contract that increases its use of renewable energy sources. The agreement with Engie Energía Chile is part of an energy transition process being developed in Chile to gradually replace coal-fueled power generation with renewable sources, achieving the objectives subscribed by Chile in the United Nations Paris Agreement and established in the country's national energy priorities.

El Abra, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Receives Award for Renewable Energy Project

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December 6, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The El Abra mining operation recently received the National Environmental Award 2016 from the Recyclápolis Foundation for its part in a project that built Chile's first community hybrid power plant.

The Recyclápolis Foundation recognized El Abra for its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship in funding the power plant, which provides 150 families in the community of Ollagüe in Chile with their first continuous supply of electric power.

El Abra, a Freeport-McMoRan Company, Awards 66 Scholarships Through the Indigenous Scholarship Program

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July 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ - El Abra recently announced the 66 recipients of its annual Indigenous Scholarship Program. Everyone who applied this year was awarded a scholarship.

El Abra increased the number of scholarships available – nearly double the number from last year – to ensure that each of the 66 youth who applied had the opportunity to receive one.

The goal is to strengthen El Abra's commitment to the development, education and training of members of the indigenous communities surrounding mining operations.

El Abra, A Freeport-McMoRan company, Receives Sustainable Management Award for Work with Indigenous Chilean Communities

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November 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ - El Abra recently received the Sustainable Management Award from the Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta for its efforts to protect the heritage, culture and way of life of Alto Loa indigenous communities near its operations.

The Association specifically recognized El Abra for its work with the Atacamenian, Quechuan and Aymara ethnic groups in Calama and Ollagüe, Chile. El Abra supports programs and projects that aim to preserve local heritage and ancestral traditions while at the same contribute to sustainable development in the region.

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