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Chile says rains have hurt productivity at Codelco copper mines

By: Reuters     20th February 2019 Intense rains at the start of this month in Chile, the world's top copper miner, likely hurt productivity at State-owned miner Codelco's Chuquicamata and Radomiro Tomic mines, the country's Mining Minister said Tuesday. Chile's mining industry has lost about $300-million due to the unusually... 

Copper cops play game of cat and mouse around desert convoys

By: Bloomberg     18th February 2019 Just weeks after the police unit was formed, they caught their first glimpse of the copper thieves -- the silhouettes of a group of men on a hill overlooking the rail lines -- triggering a car chase at the dead of night across Chile’s Atacama desert. While the pursuit ended in failure, with the... 

Codelco plans to resume Chuquicamata mine operations after rains

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Saturday it hoped to soon restart operations at its northern Chuquicamata copper mine a day after heavy rains forced its suspension. Codelco said operations at its smaller Ministro Hales mine restarted late on Friday after several hours' suspension and that... 

Peru's environmental watchdog reports tailings spill from Southern Copper mine

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Peru's environmental watchdog said on Sunday it was investigating a tailings spill from a unit of Southern Copper Corp, one of the world's largest copper producers, into a river in an area that has been inundated by heavy rains. The Agency of Evaluation and Environmental Enforcement (OEFA) said... 

Codelco part-suspends operations amid heavy rain

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Chilean State miner Codelco said on Friday heavy rains had forced suspension of operations at its northern copper mines Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales. Codelco said it had sent its daytime shift of workers home as a preventative measure and would evaluate whether to cancel its night shift as well. 

Codelco reaches deal with two Chuquicamata unions

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 Chile's Codelco's, the world's top copper miner, said on Thursday it had reached an agreement on the contract for two unions at its sprawling Chuquicamata copper mine in the north of the country. The agreement, which covers 611 workers, includes a salary increase of 1.2% and signing bonuses for... 

Brazil's costly mining failures tied to cheap waste storage

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2019 The deadly collapse of a Vale tailings dam in Brazil is serving as a wake-up call for an industry that regularly cuts costs by storing mining waste in the cheapest possible way. The slurry of ground rock and effluents left over after companies extract marketable minerals from the ground has been... 

Anglo American lays off 180 workers at Chile copper mine

By: Reuters     31st January 2019 Global miner Anglo American laid off 180 workers at its flagship Los Bronces mine in central Chile, part of a plan to boost productivity at the deposit that has raised the ire of some of its unionized workers. The layoffs were necessary to combat rising costs at the mine, Anglo American said in... 

Chilean miner Antofagasta studying $3bn expansion at Centinela -paper

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Chilean copper miner Antofagasta is evaluating building a new concentrator plant at its Centinela mine that would cost around $3 billion, the CEO of the company was quoted telling a local daily on Sunday. Antofagasta's copper production rose 3% to 725 300 t last year, allowing the company to... 

Chile strikes deal with lithium miner Albemarle in contract dispute

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 Chile State development agency Corfo said on Thursday it had reached a deal with the world's top lithium miner, Albemarle, to resolve a contract dispute and would not file a previously threatened arbitration lawsuit against the US-based producer. The spat centered around an amendment to the... 

Supervisers at Codelco mine in Chile reject labor offer, strike looms

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 The union of supervisors at state miner Codelco's Gabriela Mistral mine in northern Chile has rejected the company's final offer for a new collective labor agreement, raising the specter of a strike in the coming days, the union president told Reuters on Tuesday. The union said Codelco, the... 

Chile's copper mines post mixed results through Nov 2018 – Cochilco

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's largest copper mines posted mixed results through November of 2018, with a slight drop in output at state miner Codelco offset by a surge in production from BHP's Escondida, the world's largest copper mine. In all, copper production in the world's top producer of the red metal reached... 

Chile's Collahuasi plans resource sharing with Canada's Teck Resources

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Chile's Collahuasi copper mine is talking to Canada's Teck Resources Ltd about resource-sharing as the two companies embark on ambitious expansion projects, its Chief Executive Jorge Gomez said on Wednesday. Collahuasi - owned by Glencore and Anglo American - is seeking "synergies" with companies... 

Chile copper mines to triple use of sea water in ten years – report

By: Reuters     9th January 2019 Chile's copper industry will triple its use of sea water for industrial processes in the next decade, State copper agency Cochilco said on Tuesday, as global miners in the world's top producer of the red metal seek alternatives amid growing water shortages. Cochilco said in a report that it... 

Chile okays lithium miner SQM's plan to remedy water violations

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Chile's environmental regulator on Monday approved a $25-million compliance plan by SQM , ending a multi-year investigation by authorities that found the Chilean miner had overdrawn lithium-rich brine from the Atacama salt flat. The plan requires the world's number two producer of lithium to... 

Chile copper output to jump by 30% in 10 years – report

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Chile's copper production could jump by nearly 30% over the next ten years, Chile’s state copper agency Cochilco said on Monday. Cochilco said in a report that output from Chile, the world's top producer of the red metal, could reach a record of 7.25-million tonnes as early as 2025. 

Copper clashes at world's largest pit signal trouble ahead

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 The world’s biggest copper maker is pushing to modernise one of its oldest mines. With the plans spurring a quickening series of worker protests and disruptions, it’s becoming clear that technical challenges won’t be the only hurdle. Codelco is in the last stages of a $5.5-billion project to... 

Chile's antitrust court rejects appeals against Tianqi deal

By: Reuters     31st October 2018 Chile's antitrust court on Tuesday rejected appeals filed against its authorization of Tianqi Lithium's $4.1-billion purchase of a stake in lithium producer SQM, Tianqi said on Tuesday. The decision marks the latest legal victory for Tianqi, a Chinese miner seeking to acquire 2%of Chile's SQM,... 

Greenpeace Africa affirms Mpumalanga is a nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Greenpeace Africa states that analysis from satellite data between June 1 and August 31 shows that Mpumalanga is the world’s largest nitrogen dioxide air pollution hotspot across six continents. The data points to coal and transport as the two principal sources of the nitrogen dioxide air... 

Lithium giant clears hurdle in $4.1bn SQM stake buyout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 China’s Tianqi Lithium cleared a major hurdle in its bid to buy a $4.1-billion stake in SQM, the world’s second-largest producer of the mineral used in electric-vehicle batteries. On Thursday, Chile’s constitutional court declared inadmissible a suit questioning whether an agreement between... 

Chilean gov't to seek international arbitration over Albemarle contract

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 The Chilean government said on Wednesday it would seek international arbitration over what it alleged was the failure of lithium miner Albemarle Corp to adhere to the terms of a contract drawn up in 2016. The State development agency Corfo said Albemarle had failed to reply to an agreement to... 

Chile's State copper firm outlines lifeline plan for Salvador mine

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Chile's State copper miner, Codelco, has submitted an environmental impact assessment of its plans to overhaul its aging Salvador deposit that would sharply increase its production and extend its life by 40 years. The Rajo Inca project would convert the existing mine, which has been in operation... 

Codelco faces smelter disruptions in struggle to meet standards

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Codelco plans to suspend operations at two of its four smelters for several weeks as the world’s largest copper producer falls behind schedule in complying with tougher emission rules in Chile by mid-December. Smelters at the Chuquicamata and Salvador mines will be halted for 75 days and 45... 

Chile environmental court orders Barrick to close Pascua-Lama gold mine

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 Chile's environmental court on Friday ordered Canada's Barrick Gold to definitively close the Chilean side of its stalled Pascua-Lama mining project, a final procedural step that draws a line under a long-running saga. The court, sitting in the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta, approved by... 

Chilean court freezes sale of stake in lithium giant SQM to Tianqi

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 SANTIAGO – A Chilean court on Thursday suspended the sale of a coveted stake in lithium producer SQM to China's Tianqi Lithium, saying it will consider a lawsuit filed by the Chilean company's controlling shareholders, who oppose the deal. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, alleges a previous... 

SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China's Tianqi

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 The controlling shareholder in Chilean lithium producer SQM on Wednesday filed suit with Chile's Constitutional Court to block a deal allowing the sale of nearly one-fourth of the miner to China's Tianqi Lithium. The lawsuit alleges that Chile's antitrust court last week failed to follow due... 

Chilean lithium miner seen profiting from 'explosive' EV growth

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Electric vehicles may be commonplace sooner than most people think, and that could signal a bonanza for Chilean lithium producer Soc. Quimica y Minera de Chile. Larrain Vial, Chile’s largest brokerage firm, sees global EV penetration at almost 21% by 2025, well above the market consensus of 8%... 

Peru's mining investment boom leaves political woes behind

By: Bloomberg     3rd October 2018 Peru’s ability to post eight consecutive months of investment growth is calming fears that political woes would derail mining activity in the world’s second-largest producer of copper, zinc and silver. Mining investment in Peru jumped 6.3% August compared with last year, to $395-million,... 

Foreign-backed miner hopes to begin Chilean lithium project in 2020

By: Reuters     28th September 2018 Foreign-backed Salar Blanco expects to begin construction on its lithium mining project at the beginning of 2020 in Chile's north, once its environmental permit is approved by the government. The approval process for the necessary environmental permit for the initiative, which includes an... 

Barrick's Bristow bet seen as boosting South America revival

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2018 Mark Bristow built a reputation as the developer and operator of lucrative mines in Africa. Now the world’s biggest gold mining company is betting he can do the same in another complex region, South America. The Randgold Resources founder is set to become CEO of Barrick Gold after Barrick said... 

BHP's Spence copper mine in Chile partially closed following fire

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Global miner BHP Billiton said on Thursday that a fire at its Spence copper mine in Chile had forced it to partially shut down operations. No one was injured in the fire, which has since been extinguished, the company said. 

Kidman, SQM may have to forfeit lithium mine after Australian govt ruling

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Australia's Kidman Resources and Chilean partner SQM may lose their right to develop the Mount Holland lithium project after a recommendation by a unit of the West Australian government that regulates mining leases. Kidman had asked the Western Australia Department of Mines for an exemption to... 

Ausenco leads the charge to address slurry pipeline failure rates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th September 2018 Consulting, engineering and project delivery firm Ausenco has organised the first, focused pipeline user’s symposium, to be held in Santiago, Chile, at the end of October, to discuss a framework to address the high mean failure rate of slurry pipelines. Ausenco VP for pipeline consulting, JP... 

Chilean copper miner Codelco halts Ventanas furnaces over gas levels

By: Reuters     4th September 2018 Chilean State miner Codelco halted the operations of three out of four furnaces at its Ventanas copper foundry on Monday morning after high levels of sulphur dioxide were detected, it said in a statement. Codelco said levels of the gas went 20% over the accepted limit for five minutes, prompting... 

In Chilean desert, global thirst for lithium is fueling a 'water war'

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 On Chilean water regulator Oscar Cristi's desk, a small white espresso cup teeters atop piles of documents and loose folders that appear on the point of collapse, perhaps an apt metaphor for the growing water crisis in parts of the Andean country. Sitting in his eighth-floor office adjacent the... 

Chile's SQM expects lithium prices to dip in second half

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Chilean lithium miner SQM said it forecast lithium prices dropping as much as 10% in the second half of the year compared to the first but stressed it saw no problems with potential water restrictions in the Atacama salt flat where it operates. CEO Patricio de Solminihac said on a second-quarter... 

Chile says to clamp down on water rights in lithium-rich Salar de Atacama

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 Chile is preparing major new restrictions on the extraction of water from the lithium-rich Salar de Atacama salt flats, home to top lithium miners Albemarle and SQM, the head of the country’s water authority told Reuters on Thursday. Water authority chief Oscar Cristi said in an exclusive... 

LX6 - The Latest Addition to the Medium Fidelity Simulator Range

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 Immersive Technologies the world’s largest supplier of surface and underground mining equipment simulators is  proudly  announcing  the  latest  addition  to its medium fidelity simulator range. The LX6 is a brand new medium fidelity simulator platform which offers the same  value  for early... 

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