Antofagasta PLC Mining News

Copper output to spike in world’s top producer Chile

Copper output in Chile, the world’s top producer of the metal, is expected to increase 4% in 2019 and continue to grow steadily during 2019 due to stronger performance from major mines, upgrades to existing operations, and lower risk of labour strikes.

Antofagasta approves $1.3B expansion of Los Pelambres mine

The company said the expansion, to start in early 2019, would add an average 60,000 tonnes of copper a year to its production over the first 15 years of operation.

Almost a quarter of Antofagasta’s energy needs met by renewables

The Zaldívar copper mine in Chile, a joint venture between Antofagasta and Barrick, will be able to replace greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 350,000 tonnes per year, or about 87,000 vehicles annually.

Antofagasta cuts copper output guidance, sees increase in 2019

Company now expects to produce between 705,000-725,000 tonnes this year, down from the earlier 705-740,000 tonnes target.

Chile's Antofagasta looks to expand mining operations in January

The London-listed company said in February it had received environmental approval for the three-stage infrastructure upgrade.

Humiliated for years, women are fighting back in Chile's mines

Mining companies around the globe are joining an industrywide push for gender equality and launching initiatives to increase the proportion of women working in mine pits, smelters and refineries.

Antofagasta copper output up in Q2 despite Los Pelambres pipeline issue

Production in the second-quarter of the year jumped 6.1% to 163,200 tonnes, as higher output at its Centinela and Antucoya mines mitigated declines at Los Pelambres and Zaldívar.

Copper trains ransacked by ‘Moles’ in full-moon desert heists

A common target for the thieves is Antofagasta Plc’s logistics unit Grupo FCAB, which owns and operates about 700 kilometers of railway lines used to transport cathode and semi-processed copper.

Antofagasta sells electricity transmission business for $117m

Chile-focused miner said proceeds from the sale would enable it to focus on its core activity of producing copper.

Antofagasta announces first mine to use 100% renewable energy

Zaldívar signed a new power plant supply agreement with Colbún to produce copper with 100% renewable energy.

Trump vows to open Minnesota's Superior National Forest to mines

Trumps administration will soon be “taking the first steps” to rescind a move made by the Obama administration to put the national forest off limits to industry activity.

Antofagasta shares, half-year production hit by Los Pelambres pipeline blockage

The miner said it would take up to three months for stocks to return to normal, which will affect both projected output and sales in the six months ending June 30.

Lower copper grades take toll on Antofagasta first quarter output

Copper production fell to 153,800 tonnes from 171,900 tonnes, due mostly to lower grades at the company's Centinela and Los Pelambres mines.

Antofagasta more than doubles dividend on strong copper prices

Chile-focused miner is raising its dividend by 177%.

Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres copper mine workers vote to strike

Unionized workers company’s latest offer for a collective labour agreement.

Antofagasta sees 2018 costs to reach $1bn on Pelambres expansion, equipment

Chile-focused miner also expects costs to rise on tailings dam expenditure.

Antofagasta has a new project in Canada

This is the second deal the Chilean miner signs with Vancouver-based Evrim Resource.

Copper execs see balanced market, warn on rising costs, regulation

Representatives of major mining companies believe the global copper market will be balanced for the foreseeable future even as mine supplies tighten and demand from China, the world's top consumer, remains strong.

Antofagasta trims costs forecast as Q3 copper output rises

Despite the quarterly increase in net cash costs Antofagasta said the 2017 costs would be below the $1.30 per pound previously forecast.

Copper rally lifts Antofagasta’s profits — up 88% in first half of 2017

The miner believes a tightening global supply of copper will keep prices on the high-end of the spectrum this year and next.

Antofagasta opening exploration office in Peru by year-end

Miner said country offers more favourable conditions to start new projects than Chile, where Antofagasta has majority stakes in four copper mines and has just opened a new one — Antucoya.

Antofagasta faces strike threats at two of its copper mines in Chile

Workers at Zaldivar are set to vote on a strike this week, while supervisors at Centinela mine have already decided it, but expect a government mediation mechanism to extend negotiations for at least five more days.

Tribunal favours Barrick, Antofagasta in Pakistan lease denial case

The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) said Pakistan violated several provisions of its bilateral investment treaty with Australia, where the joint venture between Barrick and Antofagasta is incorporated.

Antofagasta bullish on copper as earnings jump

The company expects demand to increase 3% this year, while no new mines are scheduled to come online in the short-term and supply disruptions continue.

Antofagasta's Los Pelambres mine faces potential $24 million fine, closure

Chile's environmental regulator has drawn up nine charges against the copper mine for mismanaging water resources and nearby flora.