Codelco Mining News

World’s top copper producer faces lengthy smelter halt at major mine

Chile's Codelco is in the midst of upgrading its smelter at Chuquicamata, its second largest operation by size, to comply with stricter emissions standards coming in effect in December.

Top copper miner almost sold out on strong China demand

Chinese copper demand has been so strong in the past few months that top producer Codelco has almost sold out of supplies for next year, well ahead of schedule.

After 103 years, Chile’s Codelco blasts at Chuquicamata pit for the last time

Chuquicamata, the company’s second largest copper operation by size, is expected to transition to underground block cave mining by mid-2019.

Chile's miner Codelco makes new offer to striking Andina workers

More than 80 unionized workers of the Plantas de Andina union went on strike a week ago.

Most unions at Chile's El Teniente copper mine accept contract

Four of the five labor unions representing workers at the El Teniente copper mine in Chile have accepted the latest contract offer from state mining company Codelco.

Codelco goes ahead with scaled-back underground extension of Chuquicamata

The $4.9 billion-investment is part of Codelco’s 10-year, $39 billion overhaul of its core mines.

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.

Codelco's Chuquicamata copper mine hit by strike, blockage

Workers have downed tools and blocked access to the mine in protest of the "unjustified layoff" of two colleagues.

Chile’s copper agency said US-China trade war to hit metal price

The ongoing trade war between the United States and China has forced the Chilean Copper Commission (Cochilco) to revise downwards its average copper price prediction by $0.06 per pound to $3.

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.

Chile eases way for foreign-backed miner to take control of Lithium deposit

Salar Blanco, which is 50 percent-owned by Lithium Power International, has dropped a lawsuit against Chile to block state-run Codelco from exploiting a lithium deposit where both have claims.

Copper giant Chile gets ready for second round of labour talks

From the 32 contracts set to expire in 2018 at Chilean mines, there still are more than a dozen to be negotiated before year-end.

Chile injects $1bn into state-owned copper giant Codelco

The figure, though significant, is minor when taken in the context of Codelco’s $18 billion investment plan aimed at upgrading its aging mines and dealing with dwindling ore grades.

Copper price drops to 9-month low, but what about strikes?

Copper bears drop price 11% in 3 weeks, but new report shows labour contracts still up for renewal threaten 3 million tonnes of production just in Chile.

Chile's Codelco says unions at Salvador mine reject early wage deal

Workers are pushing off further negotiations until later this year when their contracts expire.

Copper king's gender push rings hollow with all-male board

Codelco just achieved a new, less enviable mantle -- the only major mining company with an all-male board and senior management team.

Chile's Codelco profits up slightly despite rising costs

Codelco chief executive Nelson Pizarro said a strong copper price in early 2018 had offset the impacts of rising production costs.

Chile's Piñera taps businessman Benavides as Codelco chairman

Benavides had previously led Falabella, one of Latin America's largest retailers with operations spanning department stores, supermarkets, malls and more.

Chile high court declines to weigh in on lithium spat at Maricunga

In a written decision, it said it was "the responsibility of the lower-court judge" who is reviewing the case and was not a constitutional issue.

Battery metals supply crunch to slow near-term EVs growth — Moody's

Lack of new projects, investment deficit and increasing political risk will hit supply of cobalt, lithium, copper and nickel, key metals for making the batteries that power electric cars.

Chilean government promises funding for Codelco

Then Mining Minister said Codelco has to keep up production levels so that it can remain Chile and the world’s No.1 copper miner.

RCT’s bespoke solution a world-first

The Codelco-owned site is prone to mud rush caused by ice melting on the Andes range situated on the surface, a hazard that closed the exploration area for months on end. This combined with the company’s plan to expand operations to the seventh and eighth levels made it crucial to find a solution that would allow them to mine mud ore safely.

Chilean parliament urges Codelco to meet with El Teniente workers

The Mining Committee of the Lower Chamber met with Codelco executives, employees, and other stakeholders.

Copper supply crunch earlier than predicted — experts

Copper production will peak in the second half of 2019, making a growing supply deficit much more real.

Chile mulls revision to mining code

Authorities may consider potential revisions to the mining laws in order to make companies that already own concessions to work on them or else give them up.