Argentina makes GPS mandatory in mining areas

Argentina makes GPS mandatory in mining areas


Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Argentine government has made it mandatory for vehicles entering the mine area especially areas covered by a treaty with Chile, to be equipped with GPS devices. The order has come soon after the rescue of 33 Chilean miners.

This bilateral treaty signed in 1997 and its Additional Protocol of 2004 allowed the installation of satellite navigation system in the Pascua Lama mine in Canada’s Barrick Gold, a gold mining and silver open pit located in the territory bordering the Andes, 4,000 meters high.

Pascua Lama is located in the province of San Juan (1,260 km west of Buenos Aires), the Argentine side, and the Atacama Desert in Chile, some 200 km south of the San José mine.