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Mining

In an effort to boost mining activity, the federal and state governments have support agencies like the Mexican Geology Service (SGM for its acronym in Spanish), the Mining Development Trust (FIFOMI for its acronym in Spanish), the General Mining Directorate (DGM for its acronym in Spanish), and a specialized office in Baja California in charge of the Secretariat of Economic Development.

Mining activity in Baja California is showing an appealing growth, due to its favorable geological conditions for the locations of metallic mineral deposits (gold, silver, copper, iron, etc.), and non-metallic minerals (river rocks, granite, silica sand, limestone, etc.) utilized mainly for construction purposes.

Currently there is geological information in the state monograph, in which exploration opportunities and mining project development can be spotted, in addition to the already existing projects in the state, which generate approximately 2,000 direct employments.

In Baja California, the mining production has its main focus on non-metallic minerals due to its geographical location that allows intensive commercial exchange with Southwest United States. There are 3 plants in the state, from which one is for metallic and the other two for non-metallic minerals.

Baja California offers investors high expectations on extraction and mineral industrialization, due to its great geological and mining potential and the mineral deposits localized within the state, which offer resources such as gold, silver, copper, iron, tungsten, barite, limestone, talc, gypsum, sea salt, sulfur, quartz, onyx, volcanic matter, gravel, sand, granite, and dimensional stones, among others.

Within the state, there are nine mining centers or districts: Sierra de Juarez, El Alamo, Sierra Pinta, Valadares, San Fernando, Las Arrastras-Calamajue, San Borja, El Barril, and El Arco-Calmalli aside from other mining zones with lower activity throughout the state.

Recently, the State Secretariat of Economic Development has granted technical, legal, and management support for the development of these projects, which increase employment opportunities and the quality of life in the south of the state.

From most of the projects conducted in the south of the Ensenada municipality, El Rincon de Santa Rosa stands out at flat stone and quarry extraction, and Ejido de Chapala at Salt, River Rock, and Volcanic Matter. These projects currently generate approximately 350 direct employments.

Regarding Projects under Construction, the following are worth mentioning:

  • G.I. Canoas, S.A. de C.V., exploring copper in south El Rosario
  • Transpacific Mining Group, S.A. de C.V., installing iron extraction process equipment in sand dunes, in south San Quintin.
  • Minerales Gradesa, S.A. de C.V., designing a plant for iron extraction in sand dunes, in Punta Colonet.
  • Metales El Rosario, S. de R.L., exploiting onyx banks, in west Guayaquil.
  • AA Mining Holding, S. de R.L., locating sites for drilling for copper, south El Rosario.

Statistics

The interest for Baja California's mineral resources is determined by the granting of mining concessions. During the period from January to December 2013, 872 concessions were granted, that shelter 2’671, 899.0000 hectares, representing 38.21% of the state surface. Baja California offers excellent investment opportunities by its existent geological and mining potential.

MINES AND/OR COMPANIES IN OPERATION IN THE STATE OF BAJA CALIFORNIA

Project Municipality Company Mineral
San Felipe Diseminado 2 Mexicali Minera Real de Angeles, S.A. de C.V. Gold, Silver
Punta Cina Ensenada Cementos Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. Limestone
La Olvidada Ensenada No Metalicos de Hidalgo, S.A. de C.V. Barite
Salinas Ometepec Mexicali Corporativo Margue, S.A. de C.V. Sea Salt
Salinera San Martin Ensenada Salinera San Martin, S.P. R. de R.L. Sea Salt
La Presa Tijuana Caolin La Presa, S.A. de C.V. Kaolin
Oro Blanco Tecate Cia. Oro Blanco, S.A. de C.V. Limestone
El Piñon Tecate Ejido Aubanel Vallejo Sand and Stone material
Petreos Baja Tecate Petreos y Derivados Baja, S.P.R. de R.L Stone Aggregates
Petreos Juliana Tecate Petreos y Derivados Baja, S.P.R. de R.L. Stone Aggregates
El Testerazo Tecate Canteras Cuarcititas, S.P.R. de C.V. Flat Stone and River Rocks
San Telmo Onix Ensenada Metales El Rosario, S.P. R. de C.V. Onyx
Puertecitos Ensenada Agregados Industriales, S.de R.L. de C.V. Pumice
Ojos Negros Ensenada Baja Silice, S.A. de C.V. Siliceous Sand
Verduzco Mexicali Organización Verduzco, S.A. de C.V. Calcite, Dolomite
Arroyo El Gallo Ensenada Propetsa, S.A. de C.V. Stone Aggregates
Amaya Curiel Tijuana Amaya Curiel, S.A. de C.V. Stone Aggregates
Piedra Bola El Rosario Ensenada La Cieneguilla, S.P.R. de R.L. Beach Pebbles
Piedra Bola El Rosario Ensenada La Palmita, S.P.R. de R.L. Beach Pebbles
Piedra Bola El Rosario Ensenada El Mavar, S.P.R. de R.L. Beach Pebbles
Piedra Bola El Rosario Ensenada Gpo. de Explotacion y Transporte de Recursos Forestales, S.P.R. de R.L. Beach Pebbles
El Rincon de Santa Rosa Ensenada El Rincon de Santa Rosa, S.P.R. de R.L. Flat Stone and Quarry
Piedra Bola San Quintin Ensenada Ejido Chapala Sand, Gravel and River Rocks
Escoria Volcanica San Quintin Ensenada Antonio Rios Volcanic Matter

Main benefit plants

Company Municipality Capacity
Ton/Day
Operation Mineral
Minera Real de Angeles, S.A. de C.V. Mexicali 60,000 Leaching Gold, Silver
Cementos Mexicanos, S.A. de C.V. Ensenada 1,500 Grinding Limestone (Cement)
Agregados Industriales, S. de R.L. de C.V. Ensenada 100 Grinding Pumice

Some established companies