Antofagasta PLC Mining News

Minnesota environmentalists step up fight against Twin Metals’ copper project

Coalition has gone to court challenging a Trump administration’s decision that opened the door to Twin Metals’ copper, nickel and platinum project in a wilderness area of Minnesota.

Top miners back autonomous systems guidelines

The document divides operations into six levels, from zero (entirely manual) to five (fully autonomous), and assists in the preparation of a business case for autonomous mining, depending on level and needs.

Antofagasta copper output rises as China fears threaten demand

The company's star in the first quarter was its Centinela mine, which produced 68,800 tonnes of copper, 45.5 % higher than 2018.

Antofagasta to decide on $3B Centinela mine expansion by 2021

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Copper Conference held this week in Santiago, chief executive Iván Arriagada said the company will only go ahead with the project if it meets Antofagasta’s return criteria.

Antofagasta to stay put on dividend policy but will return cash to shareholders

The company will retain its dividend policy of paying out at least 35% of underlying net earnings, but will pay out excess funds from the proceeds of sales to shareholders,

Antofagasta expects copper deficit of up to 300,000 tonnes this year

The Chilean miner expects demand to outstrip supply in 2019 as consumption growth remains positive, but production increases continue to be minimal.

Pakistan military eyes key role developing giant copper and gold mine

Developing of one of the world's biggest untapped copper and gold deposits is currently stalled by a multi-billion dollar legal wrangle with foreign mining firms.

Copper and lithium giant squeezing water rights for miners

Wetlands have been dried out, the environment has been damaged, for the salt flat and for local communities, it is already too late.

Chilean miner Antofagasta studying $3 bln expansion at Centinela mine -paper

Antofagasta's copper production rose 3 percent to 725,300 tonnes last year, allowing the company to weigh potential expansion projects.

Strong last quarter leads Antofagasta to record copper output in 2018

The miner produced 220,000 tonnes of the red metal in the three months to December, up 16% from the previous quarter, boosted by higher throughput and improved copper grades.

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.