Latin America Mining News

Codelco copper smelter restart delayed – Chile mining minister

The smelter has had its restart delayed because of issues related to Canadian construction firm SNC-Lavalin, contracted for the project.

U.S. sanctions Venezuelan gold company for supporting Maduro

This is the sixth round of sanctions since January by the U.S., which is seeking to wrest power and the military’s loyalty away from Maduro.

'Radical’ foes, red tape lob doubt into Ecuador mining quest

Ecuador has tethered its economic fortunes to a burgeoning mining industry. Now it just needs to get bureaucrats and community leaders on board.

Chile's Codelco to ink copper deal with Ecuador-controlled miner

The 982-million-tonne Llurimagua copper project is located in the Imbabura Province, about 80 km northeast of Ecuador's capital of Quito.

Antofagasta expects copper deficit of up to 300,000 tonnes this year

The Chilean miner expects demand to outstrip supply in 2019 as consumption growth remains positive, but production increases continue to be minimal.

Anglo American floats solar farm on tailings at Los Bronces

This pilot project is expected to generate 150 MWh/year from 256 photovoltaic cells.

Workers could strike at Chile's Sierra Gorda copper mine – union

A union at the Sierra Gorda copper mine, controlled by Polish mining company KGHM, could go on strike this week after rejecting the latest offer in contract negotiations.

Chile’s GDP gets a jolt from rising mining and investments

In the fourth quarter, total mining output increased 3.1% from the previous three-month period and 1.3% from a year ago.

Brazilian court suspends operations at two more Vale dams

Vale has faced growing pressure to prove that its remaining dams are safe.

Brazilian court freezes $260 million from Vale’s accounts

The world’s iron ore producer has faced continued backlash from Brazilian authorities since the deadly mining dam accident that killed around 300 people in January.

Chile’s Supreme Court revokes ruling permanently closing Barrick’s Pascua-Lama

Decision doesn't determine the final faith of the long-delayed and polemic project, as the case has been sent back to the Environmental Court for review by a different panel of judges, a process that could last several months.

Rio Tinto rejects push by activist shareholders to reveal emission targets

Miner has hit back at a push to make it more accountable for carbon emissions produced by its customers, including Chinese steel makers.

Global Exploration Snapshot: The Americas, West Africa and Australasia remain popular

A look at eight majors and juniors exploring for gold worldwide.

Peruvian president says fight against illegal mining in the Amazon is ongoing

More than 11,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed in the southeastern Madre de Dios department.

Continental Gold announces $175 million in financing from Newmont, Triple Flag, stock surges

Newmont's ownership in Continental could increase to 28%

U.S., Brazil could collaborate on nuclear reactors — Brazil energy minister

Brazil is preparing legislation that would clear the way for both private and foreign investment in prospecting and mining for uranium in the country.

Prosecutors seek $13 billion from Vale for environmental restoration

Brazilian prosecutors requested that mining company Vale SA be ordered to guarantee the funds.

Polish Audit Office blasts KGHM acquisition of Chilean copper mine

The body, which looks into the way the Polish state operates and how it spends public funds, says the company has spent more than $5.2B in three years on the underperforming Sierra Gorda mine.

SQM receives environmental approval for Chile lithium plant expansion

The $400 million plant expansion, once complete, would allow the Chinese-backed SQM to eventually produce as much as 180,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate a year from its Atacama salt flat operations.

Reunion Gold completes resource estimate on Nivre in French Guiana

The Nivre deposit contains 18.9 million indicated tonnes grading 1.09 grams gold per tonne for 665,000 ounces of gold.

Floating solar panels to boost efficiency at Chilean copper mine

The newly installed panels at the Los Bronces copper mine have the capacity to produce 86 kilowatts.

Advantage Lithium replaces CEO in wake of college admissions scandal

Advantage Lithium has temporarily replaced CEO David Sidoo after he was arrested last week by U.S. authorities.

Operations resume at Goldcorp's Cerro Negro mine in Argentina

The mine is the company’s biggest in the South American country.

Brazil government kickstarts efforts to mine indigenous reserves: official

Brazil's government wants Congress to reconsider a decades-old proposal to allow mining in indigenous reserves, which occupy 13% of the country's territory.

Copper industry executives to discuss market outlook at World Copper Conference

The conference regularly attracts 500 attendees from more than 40 countries; representing the key producers, consumers, traders, distributors, and end-users.