Latin America Mining News

Norsk Hydro, Brazil prosecutor agree steps that could lead to Alunorte's full restart

The refinery, the world's biggest, has been operating at half capacity since early 2018, when Hydro admitted it had made unlicensed emissions of untreated water.

Union at KGHM's Sierra Gorda copper mine extends contract talks

The union intends to vote on a new contract proposal by Thursday and deliver their decision to management on Friday.

Brazil's Vale iron ore output rose 8% in 4th quarter

For all of 2018, Vale's output was 384.639 million tonnes, slightly below its previously divulged outlook of 390 million tonnes.

SNC Lavalin 'appalled and surprised' as Codelco cancels $260m contract

SNC says it had recently updated Codelco on the status of the project, including what it called delays "that were the responsibility of Codelco."

Argentina mining gets Macri boost as tough election looms

Argentina is eyeing its first major new mining project in two decades, nudged forward by President Mauricio Macri’s market-oriented policies.

Vale reports Brazil state authorities freeze $765m of its assets

The decision was based on ensuring compensation for those who may have suffered losses from the cessation of operations at Vale’s South Upper dam.

World’s largest copper producer brings AI to its mines

The move is part of an aggressive transformation of the Chilean state-miner, which is looking at adding fresh technologies to revitalizing some of its century-old mines.

Amarillo reinterprets Posse with new resource model

The updated resource model spans three contiguous zones and includes a higher grade core that the company could access early in a potential mine’s life.

Chile's Codelco terminates contract with Canada's SNC-Lavalin at Chuquicamata mine

The Chilean state miner has terminated its contract with SNC-Lavalin at its Chuquicamata mine, accusing the engineering firm of failing to comply with work commitments.

Chile launches tender for value-added lithium projects

Chile would shortly begin accepting bids from local and foreign companies seeking to develop battery materials using discounted Chilean lithium provided by SQM.

Newmont offers special dividend if Goldcorp takeover approved

The one-time special dividend, worth $470 million, will be given to Newmont's shareholders only if its friendly takeover of Canada’s Goldcorp is approved.

Vale ordered to halt 13 more dams, Brucutu mine restart delayed

The world’s biggest iron ore producer said the injunction will impact production at its massive Brucutu mine, as it will now take longer than expected to bring it back on line.

OceanaGold walks away from exploration projects in Argentina

Two years, $4.5 million later, the Australian miner concluded results to date don't meet its expectations.

Peruvian authorities search for solutions to blockade affecting shipments from Las Bambas copper mine

For 48 days now, the Indigenous community of Nueva Fuerabamba has blocked Chinese miner MMG Ltd from using a national highway.

Vale’s Sul Superior Dam in critical condition

The dam is located in the municipality of Barão de Cocais, in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

30 countries face higher resource nationalism risk — report

On the upside, the RNI report shows that 24 nations have seen improvements in their index performance.

Antofagasta expects water agreement with BHP for Zaldivar mine

Both companies are seeking to extend existing permits to draw water from Chile's water-constrained Salar de Atacama.

Bacanora Lithium extends footprint in Germany with new licence

The company has secured a second five-year exploration licence in the Erzgebirge (meaning Ore Mountain) region of Saxony, which completely encloses its Zinnwald project.

Brazil court orders Vale to halt operations at Dique III mine

Vale has been targeted by several court verdicts related to mines that use dams similar to the one that burst in the town of Brumadinho in January.

BHP steps up efforts to win battle for Ecuador’s copper riches

The world’s largest miner has signed an earn-in and joint venture deal with Canada’s Luminex Resources over the Tarqui copper project.

Another 10MT of iron ore off the market as Vale halts Alegria mine

The preventive measure was taken after a stress test failed to guarantee stability of the mine’s structures. Vale noted it would restart production when new studies are completed and their results are conclusive.

Continental tables resource at Buritica’s BMZ1

The company recently closed a $175 million financing package that it will use on mine construction and start-up.

Miner Vale quashed efforts to validate dam safety before disaster – prosecutor

A state prosecutor filed subpoenas with Vale last June to review safety documents regarding its dam, but Vale's lawyers later argued that they had received positive reviews by an auditor.

Miner KGHM extends negotiations with union at Chilean copper mine

The company had until the end of Tuesday to request government mediation to help reach a deal with the union of 520 workers.

Brazil's Vale to resume work at largest mine in Minas Gerais state

A local court has cleared the way for Vale to resume operations at the Brucutu mine.