Chile Mining News

Australian explorer hunts for copper in Andes

The Herald Sun has an interesting feature piece on Chinalco Yunnan Copper Resources, an Australian company with Chinese backing that is partnering with Rio Tinto on three early-stage exploration projects in Chile.

Codelco experimenting with 'biomining' in Chile

BBC News reports on new technology used for mining copper in Chile. Biosigma, a joint venture between Codelco and Nippon Metals and Mining, is experimenting with microbes that break down copper at higher recovery rates and reduce operating costs:

Chile’s Codelco to expand to the rest of South America

It’s Ecuador and Colombia next for Chilean copper giant Codelco, as the company proceeds with plans to become more international by exploring mining opportunities in neighbouring countries.

Supreme court confirms ruling for Codelco to pay legal costs in Anglo fray

Chile's supreme court has confirmed a previous appeals court ruling that ordered state copper producer Codelco to pay the costs of the legal process i...

Codelco’s battle with Anglo American worsens, threating Anglo’s business

Chilean copper giant Codelco is preparing new legal actions in its dispute with Anglo American (LSE:AAL) as the company is not satisfied with the documents submitted Wednesday to a civil court by the London-based company.

ERI wins two desalination contracts for major mining plants in Chile

PX Pressure Exchangerä (PXä) devices from Energy Recovery Inc (ERI), a global leader in the design and development of energy recovery devices and pumps for desalination and other industrial processes, have been selected for two separate large-scale desalination projects in Chile.

Barrick disputes withdrawal of financing

In a story reported last week, Barrick disputes some of the reasons that the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Exim) and Export Development Canada (EDC) no longer appear as backers for the Pascua Lama project.

Copper-rich north Chile hit by heavy rains, ops continue

Chile's arid Atacama desert, home to several of the world's key mines, has been experiencing heavy rains but copper miners Collahuasi and Cerro Colorado say operations have been little affected.

Chile's Antofagasta shares dive despite record profit in 2011

Shares of Chilean miner Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) were down 3.1% this morning after the company disappointed market hopes for a whopping special dividend and announced instead a cut on dividends and an increased spending on growth projects.

CESCO’s Chile copper week coming in April

Chile's Centre for Copper and Mining Studies, CESCO, is holding this year's Cesco Week from 16-19 April in Santiago. This copper focussed event brings together major players in the mining sector from around the world that have a special emphasis on Latin America, as well as metal processing companies, investment banks, traders, engineering and shipping companies, amongst others.

Goldcorp insists El Morro going ahead

Goldcorp. Inc. (TSX:G) says development will continue as planned on the $3.9-billion El Morro copper and gold project unless Chile's supreme court upholds a decision that rescinds its environmental permit.

Mandalay Resources Corporation announces fourth quarter and 2011 full year financial results

The Company is on track to deliver significant earnings, EBITDA and cash flow growth again in 2012 as we expect the Cerro Bayo silver-gold mine will reach full production by the fourth quarter and the Costerfield gold-antimony mine will achieve more stable operations

Chile court suspends approval of Goldcorp's $3.9 billion El Morro project

Chile newspaper La Tercera is reporting that an appeals court has suspended environmental authorization for Goldcorp's El Morro project over objections by local communities. Construction of the mine was due to commence in September this year at a cost of $3.9 billion over five years.

Canadian Mandalay Resources resumes operations in Chile

Canadian miner Mandalay Resources (TSX: MND, MND.WT) resumed operations at its Cerro Bayo project in Chile today, after protestors removed blockades, allowing supplies in and out of the mine.

Antofagasta Minerals CEO quits a week before 2011 results

In an surprising move, London-listed, Chilean copper producer Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) announced that the chief executive of its copper division, Marcelo Awad, had agreed to quit.

South American mining boom is now in the rearview mirror: Citigroup

In Latin America the decade-long bull run for mining and hydrocarbons is mostly behind us, according to Jason Press, a regional specialist analyzing equities for Citigroup.

Chile Copper Giant Codelco to invest over US$4.3 bln in 2012

Chilean state giant Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer, plans to invest over US$4.3 billion this year, said the company’s president Diego Hernandez said on Tuesday

Latin America leads global mining exploration spending again

Latin America remained the most popular exploration destination, attracting 25% of global explorations spending in 2011, said to the Halifax-based Metals Economics Group's World Exploration Trends report released on Sunday.

New Gold announces record financial results in 2011 with 212% increase in earnings and 23% increase in net cash generated from operations

New Gold Inc. ("New Gold") (TSX and NYSE AMEX:NGD) today announces financial and operational results for the fourth quarter and year ended 2011, with record annual earnings and cash flow. The company, once again, met its production guidance achieving record annual production of 387,155 ounces during 2011 at a total cash cost(1) per ounce sold, net of by-product sales, of $446 per ounce.

Finning to invest US$350 million in Chile this year

Canadian company Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT), Caterpillar’s equipment distributor in Chile, announced it will invest over US$350 millions in the South American country the year.

Chile January copper output tumbled 7.6%

Copper output in Chile, the world's largest copper producer, tumbled 7.6% in the last 12 months to 396,341 metric tons, the National Statistics Institute (INE), a government statistics agency, announced this morning.

Chile introduces employment program to encourage women in mining

The Chilean government has launched an innovative employment program that aims to allow more women to work within the mining industry. The program will be launched in the northern regions of Tarapaca, Atacama and Coquimbo to begin with and then spread to other regions later in the year.

Canadian Mandalay Resources delays shipments to Chile due to ongoing protests

Canadian miner Mandalay Resources (TSX: MND, MND.WT) announced today that scheduled shipment of concentrate for February from the Cerro Bayo silver-gold mine in Chile has been delayed due to increasing public protests in the south of that country.

New Brunswick is the new world's top mining jurisdiction

Eastern Canada’s New Brunswick claimed the top spot at the world’s most attractive jurisdiction for mineral exploration and development list, released by the Fraser Institute today.

Chile the largest copper producer and the country with the biggest reserves — USGS

Chile is not only the largest copper producer in the world, but also the country with the largest worldwide reserves of the red metal, reveals the latest commodity report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).