AHMSA Coal Production Units
From underground and open pit mines in the extreme northern part of Coahuila, MICARE annually extracts around 7 million metric tons of steam coal, bound for the José López Portillo power plants, that generate 1,200 megawatts, and Coal II plant, generating 1,400 megawatts.
Both thermoelectric power plants are located in Nava, Coahuila, belong to the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), and they generate close to 10% of the electrical power of the country.
Also, in Southern Texas, MICARE has a mine site in the process of preparation, located on the Mexican border region.
The MINOSA Unit operates iron ore mines in Hercules, Coahuila; La Perla, Chihuahua; and smaller deposits on the Pacific coast.
Located in the semi-desert region in the northwestern part of Coahuila and bordering with the State of Chihuahua, the Hercules mine is the principal source of supply of iron concentrate that AHMSA requires for the production of steel.
As its central core, the unit operates open pit and underground mines, whose concentrated product is sent to the steel works in Monclova by means of a slurry ferroduct.
The Hercules mine, in turn, receives iron ore sent from La Perla, Chihuahua through an extension of the ferroduct, which is a total of 295 kilometers in length and crosses the semi-desert region of Coahuila.
Jointly, Hercules and La Perla produce close to 4 million metric tons of iron concentrate annually.
In the coal fields region of Coahuila, 110 kilometers north of Monclova, the MIMOSA Unit operates its own mines and metallurgical coal washing plants. This coal is then transported by rail to feed the blast furnaces at the steel mills.
CERRO DEL MERCADO
The Cerro de Mercado (CEMESA) deposits, in the capital of the State of Durango, are among the historic mines in Mexico, operating since the beginning of the 19th century to satisfy the needs of the foundries in the country.
Currently operated by Minera del Norte, it generates iron concentrate that is shipped by railroad, traveling approximately 700 kilometers to supply the AHMSA plants in Monclova.
Just as the metallurgical coal produced by the MIMOSA Unit, the iron concentrate processed by Cerro de Mercado is transported to Monclova by the Coahuila Durango Railroad Company, which is jointly held by AHMSA and Peñoles Industries.
REAL DEL MONTE Y PACHUCA
At a site that is an historic silver mining landmark worldwide, Real del Monte and Pachuca operate mines and the Loreto smelting plant, located in the capital of the State of Hidalgo, which produces gold and silver with the most advanced technology by reprocessing tailings, and with the ore from the extraction of the deposits.
El Baztán mine, in the State of Michoacán, which processes copper concentrates, is also part of Real del Monte.
A subsidiary of AHMSA with operations in Israel, Arava Mines operates a copper mine in the Neguev desert, near the Red Sea. There is an ore processing plant under development at this operation.
Furthermore, AHMSA received authorization from the Kingdom of Jordan to carry on prospecting activities at potential copper deposits in the territories adjacent to the Gulf of Aqaba.