Hernan Vera


Orion del Sur

Mining Engineering and MBA graduated with honors. +35 years of experience in Argentina, USA and Africa (Guinea, Mali, Namibia, Tanzania, RSA).

Mr Vera has occupied a wide range of positions on the mining industry from Shift Boss up to VP, Country Management and Board member in world class mines and at international well reputed companies as Barrick, Yamana Gold, Anglogold Ashanti, Glencore, etc. He is currently holding the roles of Orion del Sur President and Sendero Resources CEO among others. He has experience on underground mines, open pit mines, high altitude operations, hydro metallurgical plants, management, exploration, rain forest mining, projects development and construction. Well experienced on Community, Unions and Governmental relations. Conduct Exploration, Construction and Operational Permits in different jurisdictions.

Mr. Vera made significant contribution, from feasibility to construction stages, on three of the most important projects in Argentina: Cerro Vanguardia gold mine (AngloGold Ashanti), Veladero gold mine (Barrick Gold) and Gualcamayo gold mine (YamanaGold). He has received 5 national awards for Mining business excellence, both as individual and for the companies he was running.

Pitch track 2 (Trade Show)
17 April 2024 / 14:30 - 15:30 | Sary Arka 1

ODS Project, a Sediment Hosted Copper (V) Deposit in Southern Argentina

The Neuquén Basin is located on the eastern side of the Andes in Argentina. The sediment-hosted Cu deposits are located in Neuquén Province, at about 1000 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires. Elevations are everywhere less than 1000 meters above sea level.

There are numerous occurrences of oxide copper impregnating sandstones, showing potential for a new copper mining district in a low mesa, desert terrain at the eastern of the Andes. The genesis of those deposits is intimately connected with the petroleum generation.

A number of economical deposits are identified. Located in the central part of the Neuquén Basin, hosted in the Huincul Formation of the Neuquén Group. The Neuquén Group represents a red bed sequence, but at as a consequence of mineralization, rocks are bleached. This deposits outstands because in addition of Cu, they contains higher values of V, Ag and minor of Co and U.