Latin America Mining News

Lower copper grades take toll on Antofagasta first quarter output

Copper production fell to 153,800 tonnes from 171,900 tonnes, due mostly to lower grades at the company's Centinela and Los Pelambres mines.

Is a new gold rush on in Brazil?

Cabral Gold Inc.'s Cuiu Cuiu gold project sits on what was once the territory of migrating miners who came during the Brazilian gold rush of 1978-1995.

Chile's Copec to buy stake in copper project in Peru

Mina Justa, which is expected to require investment of around $1.6 billion, is due to begin construction in the second half of 2018.

Union at BHP's Escondida copper mine in Chile says no advance deal likely

The union accepted an offer to begin early negotiations with the Anglo-Australian miner in March to avoid another strike at the northern Chile mine.

Anglo delays Minas Rio restart until year-end, will lose about $400 million

The announcement is the last of a string of difficulties Anglo has faced with the iron ore mine, which was expected to produce 16 million tonnes this year, but that will now generate just 3 million tonnes.

Peru expects $20.8 billion in mining investments

Only in 2019, Lima expects to receive $2.9 billion in mining investments.

German researchers say mining intensifies social conflicts in Peru

A group of researchers from Berlin’s Humboldt University published a study where they say that mining activities are the leading cause of social conflicts in Peru.

Bolivia to invest in billion-dollar lithium deal with ACI Systems

Along with Argentina and Chile, Bolivia is part of South America's so-called "lithium triangle."

Banchile auctions 1.5 mln shares in Chile's SQM, raises $76 mln

SQM, which operates primarily in Chile's Salar de Atacama, is one of the world's largest and most cost-efficient producers of lithium.

Ship firm Oldendorff halting Guyana operation due to Rusal crisis

Rusal's 90 percent owned Bauxite Company of Guyana produced 1.05 million tonnes of bauxite - the raw material used to make aluminium - last year.

Cochilco forecasts Chile's 2018 copper output up 4.3 pct

Chilean copper commission Cochilco forecast on Friday that Chile would produce 5.76 million tonnes of the red metal in 2018.

Fourteen Colombian miners rescued from collapsed mine

It took authorities about three hours to be able to dig a back access entrance.

Bolivia nearing deal on partner to develop lithium – minister

The South American nation hopes to sign a deal with a foreign partner after a decade of state-led development left output far short of goals for the metal.

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.

Argentinian government wants to change Glacier Law to boost mining development

The Deputy Secretary of Mining Policy said the world needs Argentina's copper, lithium, gold and silver.

Sixteen people trapped in gold mine in Colombia

The quarry’s entrance collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

Peru will not 'impose' mining projects on communities -prime minister

The government of new Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said it would not "impose" mining projects on nearby communities that object to them.

Prosecutors, Samarco to ask more time for disaster's compensation plan

They are seeking to obtain 30 more days to finish details of the plan.

SQM: lithium mining needs at least $10B investment over 10 years

"There is a legitimate concern on the side of the vehicle manufacturers."

New drilling products displayed at Expomin will mean more productivity

Held every two years, Expomin will take place April 23-27, 2018 at the Espacio Riesco Convention Center in Santiago, Chile.

After setbacks, Anglo American counting on turnaround for Minas-Rio mine

Minas-Rio is Anglo American’s biggest development project, and its bet on the future of iron ore.

Anglo gives 30-day leave to workers at suspended Brazil iron ore mine

The company halted production and transport operations for 90 days at the Minas-Rio mine to comply with a request by authorities that it inspects a pipeline that has leaked twice.

Brazil's Vale reports iron ore output slips in Q1

The world's top iron ore producer said that heavy rains in the first three months of the year impacted its output.

Authorities bring down illegal mining site in the Peruvian Amazon

The Madre de Dios region has seen a surge in illegal mining operations.

Argentinian secretaries to jail for Veladero spill

The officials are accused of abuse of power in the case of the 2015 cyanide spill at Barrick Gold's Veladero mine.