Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. Mining News

At least three Chilean copper mines halted due to heavy rain

Codelco has halted operations at its Chuquicamata and Ministro Hales copper mines; Freeport-McMoRan suspended El Abra.

Exports from world's second-largest copper mine to drop 85%

Concentrate shipments from Indonesia's Grasberg mine, will drop because of a lag in output while operations shift from open pit to underground mining.

Only 13% of board members in the mining industry are women: Bedford

When it came to analyzing named executive officers in mining firms, only 8% were women.

Freeport, Rio formally yield control of giant Grasberg mine to Indonesia

Agreements give a majority stake in the giant Grasberg copper and gold mine to a local state-owned firm, becoming the country’s biggest divestment by a foreign resources company.

Rio Tinto sells $3.5bn stake in Grasberg mine to Indonesian state miner

The world’s No.2 miner is selling its 40% in the giant Grasberg mine, the world’s second largest copper operation, to Indonesia’s state mining company PT Inalum.

Indonesia extends Freeport operating permit for Grasberg

Indonesia has extended an operating permit for Freeport's Grasberg copper-gold mine while discussions over long-term rights continue.

Rio Tinto about to offload stake in Grasberg mine for $3.5 billion

Company confirmed is in talks to sell its stake in the world’s second largest copper mine to Indonesia’s Inalum.

Indonesia's Inalum expects to line up Freeport sale bank financing soon

Indonesia's state mining holding company expects to reach an agreement soon on bank financing to buy a controlling stake in the local unit of Freeport McMoran Inc.

Freeport profit pops higher; miner makes progress in Indonesia

The world's second-largest copper miner by production also said talks with Indonesia re Grasberg were advancing.

Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine

Indonesia state-owned holding Asahan Aluminum, or Inalum, would grab a 41.64% stake in the local unit of Freeport, which increases its current ownership in it to 51%.

Indonesia to grab Rio Tinto stake in Grasberg mine

After pumping billions into the Indonesian mine for almost 25 years, Rio might be able to see a decent return as the country’s government plans to acquire the miner’s 40% stake in the coveted operation.

Indonesia warns of tough response after Papuan rebels threaten Freeport

Indonesia's military said on Friday it was prepared to take tough measures against rebels who have threatened to "destroy" mining operations of Freeport-McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua in their struggle for independence.

Armed separatists occupy villages near Freeport's Indonesia mine

Armed separatists have occupied five villages in Indonesia’s Papua province, threatening to disrupt Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine, which has already been hit this year by labor unrest and a dispute over operating rights.

Freeport says Grasberg stake to fall to 29% – shares dumped

Investors ignore positive third quarter results to focus on lack of meaningful progress in talks with Indonesia over future of giant Grasberg mine.

Freeport pressed to give most of Grasberg copper-gold mine to Indonesia ASAP

Freeport agreed in August to divest a 51% stake in Grasberg to local interests in return for full operational control until 2041 plus fiscal and legal guarantees, but a final deal has still to be reached.

Freeport to yield control of giant Grasberg copper mine to Indonesia

The company has greed to reduce its stake in the Grasberg mine to 49% in exchange for licenses to operate the massive copper and gold pit until 2041.

Indonesia closer to mining deal with Freeport, but hurdles remain

Some issues still need to be resolved before the U.S. miner gets a new operating permit for its huge copper mine.

Peru hit by nationwide mining strike; govt says situation ‘under control’

The indefinite labour action involves 56 unions, which are protesting a government’s proposed reform they see as "anti-workers".

Freeport, Indonesia work out initial Grasberg exports deal

The Indonesian unit is now in the process of obtaining a full export permit.

Freeport’s Cerro Verde copper mine resumes normal operations

The news follows the end of a historically long 43-day strike at BHP Billiton’s Escondida, the world's biggest copper mine in neighbouring Chile.

Workers at Freeport’s Cerro Verde copper mine to go on indefinite strike

Around 1,300 unionized miners plan to start an indefinite stoppage at Peru's largest copper mine beginning March 24.

Chinese data, strikes bring copper price back to boil

China releases scorching industry output growth, fixed investment numbers for January-February. Third attempt to restart talks at giant Chile mine fails.

Copper supply disruptions push prices up

Disputes at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, and Freeport’s Grasberg and Cerro Verde mines, are also having a significant effect on global supplies of concentrate.

Freeport’s Cerro Verde copper mine in Peru hit by strike

The mine produced just under 500,000 tonnes of the red metal last year, making it Peru's largest copper operation.

Freeport halts Grasberg mine, begins sending workers home

The firm has not been able to ship copper from the mine in over a month due to a ban on concentrate exports that kicked in on January 12.