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Mining in South America

Pact drives responsibility in artisanal mines

2nd July 2021 A new programme, funded by the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM), will support artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in southern Peru to formalise their activities and further adopt responsible practices, enabling them to operate more safely, while safeguarding the environment... 

Anglo operations to be powered by renewables

2nd July 2021 Diversified major Anglo American has secured renewable energy to meet its power requirements for its operations in South America. With its newest agreement signed in April, to provide renewable energy to its Quellaveco copper mine in Moquegua, Peru, production is expected to begin in 2022.  

QUELLAVECO DEPOSIT IN MOQUEGUA, PERU
Quellaveco will be supplied by the Punta Lomitas wind project in south-central Peru
QUELLAVECO DEPOSIT IN MOQUEGUA, PERU Quellaveco will be supplied by the Punta Lomitas wind project in south-central Peru

Booyco CXS PDS installed in Chile

2nd July 2021 South African proximity detection system (PDS) specialist Booyco Electronics has further extended its global reach, having secured a recent contract with a surface gold mine in Chile. The project was carried out in collaboration with Booyco Electronics’ distributor in the region –  mining and... 

THE BOOYCO CXS
The Booyco CXS is a comprehensive integrated response to Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 safety levels as defined by EMESRT
THE BOOYCO CXS The Booyco CXS is a comprehensive integrated response to Level 7, Level 8 and Level 9 safety levels as defined by EMESRT

Company continues its South American growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2021 Multotec South America’s well entrenched operations continue to grow despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on all industries worldwide. Amid the mass closures and restrictions that defined 2020, mining remained an essential operation on the continent. 

ENHANCING CAPACITY
Multotec has invested in increased capacity to meet demand
ENHANCING CAPACITY Multotec has invested in increased capacity to meet demand

Brazil reduces reliance on foreign potash

By: Claire O'Reilly     2nd July 2021 Brazil is the fourth-largest agricultural producer globally and, consequently, has become the second-largest consumer of potash. As such, fertiliser company Brazil Potash launched the Autazes project, in northern Brazil, to decrease the country’s reliance on foreign potash.  

LOCAL POTASH STASH
The Autazes project’s aim is to extract potash, from the local Autazes, Itacoatiara and Itapiranga mineral deposits in Brazil
LOCAL POTASH STASH The Autazes project’s aim is to extract potash, from the local Autazes, Itacoatiara and Itapiranga mineral deposits in Brazil

Bigger, stronger filters advance tailings solution

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd July 2020 Mining equipment manufacturer Metso has sought to advance its tailings management solution by launching the bigger and stronger VPX filter. 

OPTIMAL FILTRATION
The VPX filter treats slurry materials, thereby increasing economic efficiency and social responsibility
OPTIMAL FILTRATION The VPX filter treats slurry materials, thereby increasing economic efficiency and social responsibility

Community relations vital for thriving mining operations

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd July 2020 With South America being rich in natural minerals, and communities having a strong relation to the land, mining companies have to approach communities correctly if they want projects to be sustainable, Washington-based law firm Miller & Chevalier tells Mining Weekly. 

MATTESON ELLIS
There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken
MATTESON ELLIS There are significant economic implications if a sophisticated approach to handling community relationships is not taken

Multotec expands global reach into South America

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 South African minerals processing company Multotec is expanding its global reach by investing in South America, where almost 30% of the world’s foreign direct investment is being funnelled. “South America is a very important mining jurisdiction. Multotec Chile’s official registration in 2014... 

MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY Multotec’s production capability enables it to supply products to any mine in the world
MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY Multotec’s production capability enables it to supply products to any mine in the world

Lithium feeling pandemic pinch

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     3rd July 2020 The lithium market is declining as a direct result of electric vehicle (EV) plans being pushed back and EV production plummeting, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants. 

ON HOLD
South America contains 61% of global lithium reserves and is feeling the effects of the decline in the commodities performance
ON HOLD South America contains 61% of global lithium reserves and is feeling the effects of the decline in the commodities performance

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Metso’s acquisition of Chilean mining engineering and construction company HighService Corp’s service division will enable Metso to grow further in the mining sector in Chile and the South American region, says Metso Pacific Rim market area senior VP... 

EXPANDED OFFERING
The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy
EXPANDED OFFERING The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy

Chile mine conversions provide opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 The conversion of certain large openpit mining operations to underground operations, in Chile, will provide significant opportunities for minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec to expand further into the mining sector in South America. “We see the outlook for the mining sector in South... 

SOUTH AMERICAN EXPANSIONS

Multotec’s strategy is to align itself with the key mining industries in every country in which it operates
SOUTH AMERICAN EXPANSIONS Multotec’s strategy is to align itself with the key mining industries in every country in which it operates

Company receives exploration permit for Brazil gold project

5th July 2019 Brazilian mining company Jupiter Gold received the exploration permit from the local mining department in Brazil for each of the three mineral rights that encompass its Serrita gold project. The Serrita project covers around 5 500 ha and is located in the state of Pernambuco, in the north-eastern... 

ROYALTY REVENUE Jupiter Gold will be receiving 50% of the gold revenues from the Pindaíba project, its first royalty project later this year
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ROYALTY REVENUE Jupiter Gold will be receiving 50% of the gold revenues from the Pindaíba project, its first royalty project later this year

South American mining holds promise despite challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Investment in mining projects in South America is expected to continue, despite political and infrastructural challenges in key mining country economies, says international commodities consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. “Vast natural resources and relatively low labour costs make the... 

LARA SMITH

Core Consultants is aware of a number of investors who have chosen to invest solely in South America, particularly in gold and lithium assets
LARA SMITH Core Consultants is aware of a number of investors who have chosen to invest solely in South America, particularly in gold and lithium assets

Strategies, trials boost provider’s presence

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining explosives solutions provider AEL Intelligent Blasting acquired full ownership of Brazilian explosives company Dinacon in April this year as part of its international expansion strategy, which will give the company an increased presence in South America. The acquisition includes a bulk... 

LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION
The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market
LATIN AMERICAN EXPANSION The improvement of business and consumer confidence and other economic metrics in Latin American countries presents an opportune time for AEL to expand in this market

Weba Chute Systems

2nd July 2019 Effective transfer of materials in chutes is a pressing issue for all mines. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials, coupled with minimising downtime and maintenance, solutions are critical to sustainability. With over 4 000 transfer... 

Weba Chute Systems

Company further explores, develops Marudi gold project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Gold exploration and development company Guyana Goldstrike is implementing its Phase 1 exploration programme with trenching, mapping and sampling at the west extension of the Marudi North zone on its Marudi gold project, located in the Marudi Mountain property, in the Republic of Guyana, South... 

MOUNTAINOUS MINING
Guyana issued a mining licence for the Marudi gold project in 2009 and Guyana Goldstrike has been working with the community to establish a mining operation
MOUNTAINOUS MINING Guyana issued a mining licence for the Marudi gold project in 2009 and Guyana Goldstrike has been working with the community to establish a mining operation

ICMM welcomes two South American miners

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 Two South American mining companies, Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur, have joined the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). ICMM CEO Tom Butler notes that both companies have earned their membership of ICMM by complying with the council’s “rigorous” admission procedure, adding that... 

TOM BUTLER
Both Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur have shown real leadership in their environmental and social performance and have valuable experience to share
TOM BUTLER Both Minera San Cristóbal and Minsur have shown real leadership in their environmental and social performance and have valuable experience to share

Company expands South American service offering

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 As part of its coordinated international strategy, minerals processing specialist Multotec is establishing a joint venture (JV) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which will enhance its presence in the South American region, says Multotec screening media VP Roy Roche. He tells Mining Weekly that the... 

PRODUCT STRATEGY
Multotec is following a five-product strategy focussed on screening media, cyclones, samplers, spirals and ceramic linings in its targeting of South America
PRODUCT STRATEGY Multotec is following a five-product strategy focussed on screening media, cyclones, samplers, spirals and ceramic linings in its targeting of South America

Cumbre will drive investment, collaboration in Latin America

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th July 2018 The focus of this year’s Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre, one of the world’s largest mining investment conferences run by the same team behind the Investing in African Mining Indaba, is to drive increased investment and collaboration in Latin American mining, says content developer and... 

INCREASED REPRESENTATION
The Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre will boast 25% female representation, in terms of speakers and advisory board members, this year
INCREASED REPRESENTATION The Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre will boast 25% female representation, in terms of speakers and advisory board members, this year

Inaugural Cumbre aims to bolster investment in Latin America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 Generalist and specialist investors are returning to the Latin American mining sector in large numbers, as they see the opportunity for returns re-emerging, Mining Indaba director of content Harry Chapman tells Mining Weekly. Therefore, leveraging the success and channelling the expertise gleaned... 

BRIGHTER FUTURE 
The cusp of macroeconomic reform in countries like Argentina, a stable business environment in Chile, and improved support for foreign direct investment has improved the outlook for the Latin American region
Photo by Bloomberg
BRIGHTER FUTURE The cusp of macroeconomic reform in countries like Argentina, a stable business environment in Chile, and improved support for foreign direct investment has improved the outlook for the Latin American region

New mining technologies inspire optimism in South America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 While there is a level of general caution, owing to the inherent “volatile nature” of the mining industry, the South American mining market is mostly characterised by growing optimism, owing to the benefits of mining technologies, posits global leader in the development of advanced dragline and... 

ADVANCING SECTOR
Some of South America’s newer mines, as well as those yet to be developed, are favouring an uptake of technology that ensures the lowest possible mining costs per ton
Photo by Bloomberg
ADVANCING SECTOR Some of South America’s newer mines, as well as those yet to be developed, are favouring an uptake of technology that ensures the lowest possible mining costs per ton

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to notable iron-ore project

7th July 2017 Laser measurement technology supplier LASE has delivered 15 LaseBVC laser-based measuring systems for bulk volume transported on conveyor belts to an iron-ore mining project at the S11D Eliezer Batista complex owned by Brazilian mining major Vale. Opened in December 2016, the iron-ore mining... 

ONE FOR THE BOOKS
Vale’s iron-ore mining project in North Brazil is the largest of its kind in the company’s history
ONE FOR THE BOOKS Vale’s iron-ore mining project in North Brazil is the largest of its kind in the company’s history

Laguna Verde surveys yield encouraging results

7th July 2017 Mineral resource company Wealth Minerals has completed transient electromagnetic and gravity geophysical surveys at the Laguna Verde lithium project, in northern Chile, with its geophysical contractor reporting that the data quality is good to excellent for both surveys. The resulting gravity... 

CHANGE-UP
Laguna Verde was originally targeted for its surface brines; however, exploration results over the past six months have switched Wealth Minerals' focus to a conventional lithium brine model
CHANGE-UP Laguna Verde was originally targeted for its surface brines; however, exploration results over the past six months have switched Wealth Minerals' focus to a conventional lithium brine model

Good geology, favourable policy underpin stable mining industry

By: Nadine James     1st July 2016 South American mining countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru have adequately managed the 2015 commodities crash, as their mining industries remain stable with a positive outlook, advises international market researcher BMI Research. BMI commodities analyst Molly Shutt notes that the... 

MOUNTAINOUS POTENTIAL  South America's vast mineral reserves ensure that its countries have relatively stable mining industries
Photo by Bloomberg
MOUNTAINOUS POTENTIAL South America's vast mineral reserves ensure that its countries have relatively stable mining industries

South America attractive market for explosives manufacturer

By: Nadine James     1st July 2016 South African explosives manufacturer and distributor AEL Mining Services has increased its presence in South America, owing to the nature and resilience of the South American mining industry. AEL GM for business development in South America and West Central Africa Alois Kwenda notes that,... 

BOOMING MARKET South America’s status as a major mining destination and its potential for new mining projects despite the current environment of depressed commodities prices make it even more attractive
BOOMING MARKET South America’s status as a major mining destination and its potential for new mining projects despite the current environment of depressed commodities prices make it even more attractive

Las Bambas on track

1st July 2016 The Las Bambas copper mine, in Apurímac, Peru, is still expected to produce between 250 000 t and 300 000 t of copper concentrate in 2016. The mine, a joint venture between multinational resource company MMG and Hong Kong investment company Guoxin International Investment Corporation, reported a... 

LAS BAMBAS CONCENTRATOR Mine management have transferred responsibilities for the concentrator plant from the construction team to the operations team
LAS BAMBAS CONCENTRATOR Mine management have transferred responsibilities for the concentrator plant from the construction team to the operations team

Declining South America copper ore grades require ingenuity

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2015 Declining ore grades is one of the major challenges faced by copper miners in South America, specifically in Chile, says professional services firm Deloitte. 

CHRISTOPHER LYON
The aim in Chile is to grow copper production by between 3% and 4% yearly
CHRISTOPHER LYON The aim in Chile is to grow copper production by between 3% and 4% yearly

Established miner expands portfolio

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2015 Chile-based copper mining group Antofagasta Minerals is currently focusing on bringing its new Antucoya mine on stream, the company tells Mining Weekly. 

IVÁN ARRIAGADA
Antofagasta Minerals is committed to copper, as it is a commodity that the group knows well
IVÁN ARRIAGADA Antofagasta Minerals is committed to copper, as it is a commodity that the group knows well

Gold mineralisation discovered in Brazil

3rd July 2015 Australian-managed and ASX-listed minerals company Cleveland Mining Company announced, in March, the discovery of an extensive zone of primary gold mineralisation, less than 1.5 km south of its operational Premier Joint Venture gold mine, in central Brazil. 

Software to enhance project NPV

3rd July 2015 Australia-based business enhancement company Whittle Consulting Limited (WCL) in June signed a contract to supply strategic mineral company Largo Resources with its Enterprise Optimisation software suite to develop a new operational pit design on Largo’s Maracas Menchen vanadium mine in Bahia... 

LIBERATING VALUE
Mine enhancement leads to increased profit margins
LIBERATING VALUE Mine enhancement leads to increased profit margins

Iron-ore portfolio expanded with highly prospective project

3rd July 2015 Iron-ore company Centaurus Metals announced it has taken the first step towards expanding its direct shipping ore (DSO) business in south‐east Brazil, after securing an option to acquire 100% interest in a portfolio of highly prospective tenements with extensive DSO mineralisation. 

HIGH GRADE SAMPLES
The itabirite samples returned high grades with low levels of impurities
HIGH GRADE SAMPLES The itabirite samples returned high grades with low levels of impurities
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