The Chilean port of Ventanas is undertaking environmental impact assessment studies prior to the construction of the hi-tech warehouse for the storing of copper concentrates. This will be able to hold up to 46,000 tonnes of copper and will require investment of $20 million.

The warehouse will have a proprietary ventilation and dust capture system, which will allow the circulation of air to take place. A further ventilation system will ensure that negative air pressure is maintained throughout the warehouse, which will prevent any material inside from escaping.

Trucks ferrying in consignments will also discharge these in an environmentally encapsulated environment.