Chile Mining News

Bad weather hits Collahuasi operations again

According to a spokesperson for the Chilean copper operation, the mine is working under a contingency plan due to bad weather which has delayed a workers' shift.

Chile Codelco seeks to avert 24-hr workers' strike

Chile's Codelco on Monday sought to avert a 24-hour strike by workers demanding a bigger say in the restructuring of the world's top copper miner, the company's top executives said on Monday.

Chilean copper miners announce strike

The Chilean Federation of Copper Workers announced a strike for July 11 to oppose plans to privatize the state-owned National Copper Company (Codelco). The management of Codelco, the biggest copper producer in the world, is preparing for privatization, said Raimundo Espinoza, a leader of the workers' federation, FTC.

Chile's copper production to grow at annual average rate of 4.9%

Chile's mining sector faces a series of challenges over the coming months as growing fears of a slowdown in Chinese economic growth, dictated by the country's increasingly restrictive monetary policy, threatens to restrict demand for copper and other raw materials.

Mammoth Energy Group acquires additional lithium assets

Mammoth Energy Group Inc. (PINK:MMTE) acquires seven concessions for a total of 4695 acres of lithium concessions located in the Salar de Pujsa.

Brine mining the Puna for potash and lithium

The Puna plateau sits at an elevation of 4,000m, stretches for 1800 km along the Central Andes and attains a width of 350–400 km. The Puna covers a portion of Argentina, Chile and Bolivia and hosts an estimated 70 - 80% of global lithium brine reserves.

Power returns to Chile's mining heartland

Power supplies have returned to normal in Chile's northern mining heartland after a power grid failure hit some of the world's biggest copper mines earlier on Sunday, the mining minister said. Chilean Energy and Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told Reuters power supplies were back to "100 percent" and that the impact on production in the top global copper producer was expected to be minimal.

Amerigo resumes operations for Codelco’s El Teniente in Chile after strike

BNAmericas reported that Vancouver-based tailings processor Amerigo Resources has resumed operations at its Minera Valle Central complex in central Chile's region VI. The company said that the plant is once again in production, processing both fresh and old tailings from the El Teniente mine. Amerigo halted operations on June 6th 2011 as a result of the ongoing strike by 11,000 contract workers at state copper producer Codelco's El Teniente division. Amerigo's sole business is to process copper and molybdenum tailings from El Teniente, which is by far Codelco's most profitable division.

Giant Chilean copper mine still operating below half capacity

Output at Chile's El Teniente mine, the world's No. 5 copper deposit owned by Codelco, fell on Friday as staff held off a full return to work after contractor protest violence, the company's chairman said. Gerardo Jofre told reporters the mine was operating at 40 percent of capacity, down from around 50 percent on Thursday -- when output was gradually recovering as thousands of contract workers opted to abandon a sometimes violent 17-day walkout over wages at the 404,000-tonnes-a-year mine.

Striker violence keeps giant copper mine operating below half capacity

Output at Chile's El Teniente mine, the world's No. 5 copper deposit owned by Codelco, fell on Friday as staff held off a full return to work after contractor protest violence, the company's chairman said. Gerardo Jofre told reporters the mine was operating at 40 percent of capacity, down from around 50 percent on Thursday -- when output was gradually recovering as thousands of contract workers opted to abandon a sometimes violent 17-day walkout over wages at the 404,000-tonnes-a-year mine.

Casablanca Mining signs agreement to acquire new gold property in Chile

Casablanca Mining announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Santa Teresa Minerals, S.A., signed an agreement to acquire interests in a hard rock gold mine in Rancagua, Chile. Once the transaction is completed, Santa Teresa Minerals will own 70% of the mining rights to the property.

Strike weakens at Chile copper mine

Reuters reports that half of contractors in a strike at Chile's El Teniente mine have ended their strike. The market news is quoted as saying: Mine owner Codelco [CODEL.UL] expects to lift output to 51 percent capacity on Thursday after the world's top underground operation slowed production to 40 percent capacity over the weekend to protect staff workers amid escalating violence by protesters.

Capella discovers two new mineralization zones at Lajitas

Capella Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:KPS)(PINK SHEETS:CPSJF) is pleased to announce that it has discovered two new mineralization zones at its Lajitas gold-copper project in northern Chile as a result of the recently completed airborne hyperspectral imaging survey by SpecTIR LLC of Reno, Nevada.

Unprecedented teamwork of complete strangers helped save Chilean miners

Whatever happened to the 33 rescued Chilean miners? Currently they're too busy speaking about their ordeal to return to mining, says one of the drillers who helped rescue them. Over a two-decade plus career, James […]

Globe: Barrick, Goldcorp set to square off over Chilean project

Barrick Gold is suing Goldcorp over the El Morro copper mine in Chile, the Globe and Mail reported yesterday. According to the newspaper: Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., (ABX-T44.24-0.39-0.87%) the world’s largest gold producer, is fighting Goldcorp Inc. (G-T46.82-0.59-1.24%)after the Vancouver company scooped up a majority stake in the El Morro development, one of the largest known copper and gold deposits in South America. Barrick alleges Goldcorp’s deal to buy Swiss miner Xstrata PLC’s 70-per-cent stake in El Morro was done illegally and is suing both parties, along with New Gold Inc., (NGD-T9.09-0.06-0.66%) which has a 30-per-cent stake in the project.

Teck announces temporary production interruption at Carmen de Andacollo

Teck Resources announced today that the mine and mill at its Carmen de Andacollo copper operation in Chile was idled on the morning of June 6th due to unusually heavy rain. The mine and mill are expected to be restarted on June 7th. Production loss due to the interruption is expected to be minimal.

Key Codelco mine hit by protests for third day

The world's fifth largest copper mine, Chile's El Teniente, worked at less than half of capacity on Monday as most workers stayed home for a third day to avoid violence by striking contractors, owner state […]

Exeter completes positive prefeasibility study for its Caspiche oxide gold deposit

Exeter Resource Corporation (TSX:XRC)(NYSE Amex:XRA)(FRANKFURT:EXB) ("Exeter" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the Oxide Gold Prefeasibility Study for its Caspiche Project in northern Chile has returned a NPV(5) of US$329.5 million and net operating […]

Mammoth Energy Group continues to acquire Chilean lithium assets

Mammoth Energy Group, a lithium and alternative energy mining company, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary Compania Lithium Investments Limitada of Chile has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire six concessions for a total of 2471 acres (1000 hectares) of lithium concessions located in the Salar de laco in northeast Chile. "The Salar de laco is approximately 10 miles from the border of Argentina and approximately fifty miles away from the Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest mined lithium reserve," said William Lieberman, President of Mammoth Energy Group.

Capstone Mining sees production up 200% over five years after Chile buy

Vancouver-based copper mining company Capstone Mining Corp. reported Tuesday a $18.9m profit for the first quarter, up from the Q1 2010 figure of $14.76m. Cash flow from operating activities was $6.7m, helping the company end the quarter with cash on hand of $181.2m. Darren Pylot, Capstone President and CEO said in a statement that the proposed acquisition of Far West Mining is expected to give the company 200% growth in anticipated copper production from 2011 to 2016 from its Santo Domingo project in Chile. The transaction, if approved by Capstone and Far West shareholders, is expected to close in mid-June.

Chile to halt financing of military spending with copper exports

The Santiago Times reported that Sebastián Pinera, president of Chile, signed a bill which if approved by Congress, would eliminate a substantial source of revenue for Chile’s armed forces and at the same time relieve a massive burden on the country’s state mining company. Under current legislation dating back to the Second World War, 10% of revenues from Chile’s National Copper Corporation, Codelco, are directed to the nation’s armed forces. Codelco is the world’s largest copper mining company and accounts for some 11% of global copper production, but the tax has contributed to years of underinvestment and the prospect of falling output at the miner just as copper prices hit record highs.

Quadra FNX and Sumitomo form US$724 million joint venture to develop Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile

Quadra FNX Mining announced on Sunday a US$724 million joint venture with Sumitomo Corporation to develop the Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum project in Chile. The total cost of the mine is estimated at 2.8 billion and production is scheduled to start in 2014. Sumitomo has a 45% stake in the joint venture; Quadra FNX has 55%. Sierra Gorda is a copper exploration project located in the Atacama Desert, Region II of Chile. According to Quadra FNX's recently completed feasibility study, the production from current sulphide reserves will average 483 M lbs of copper, 25 million lbs of molybdenum, and 64 kozs of gold per annum over a 20-year mine life.

Caspiche: A mega mine in the making in Chile

The quest to commercialize one of Latin America’s last undeveloped major gold deposits is one major step closer to a prospectively big pay day for its unlikely owner - a small gold explorer named Exeter Resources. A Canadian-headquartered company, Exeter recently completed a major milestone development. It announced a positive metallurgical study for the sprawling Caspiche gold-copper deposit in northern Chile’s gold-rich Maricunga mineral belt.

Copper prices to stay above 2010 average over the next 3 years – Chile

World top copper producer Chile sees copper prices staying above the 2010 average during the next three years, Deputy Mining Minister Pablo Wagner said on Wednesday. Copper averaged $3.42 per pound in 2010, according to data compiled by the Chilean government.

Teck opens new copper concentrator at Carmen de Andacollo in Chile

Teck Resources held an inauguration ceremony last Friday to celebrate the recent start of operations at its new Carmen de Andacollo copper concentrator. It reached commercial production in October 2010 and has extended mine life by about […]