According to the government agency, 30 of the 74 projects have recently become operative or are about to reach that phase as they already have all the required permits. These projects represent an investment of $134 million or 22.5% of the 2023 portfolio of mining exploration projects.
Meanwhile, 17 projects, accounting for $136 million or 22.7% of the portfolio, are in the evaluation stage for exploration authorization.
Finally, the communiqué notes that the remaining 27 projects, which represent $327 million in investments or 54.8% of the total, are undergoing evaluations of their environmental impact assessments.
Most of the projects, or 39 of them, focus on copper mining and represent an investment of $284 million. The red metal is followed by gold, with 18 projects and an investment of $220 million. Zinc occupies the third spot with nine projects accounting for $47 million in investments, while eight silver and lithium joint projects are expected to deliver $46 million in investments.