South America Mining News

Artisanal miners’ protests heat up in Colombia

They are protesting against expansion plans by Zandor Capital, a subsidiary of Canadian-based Gran Colombia Gold, and also in opposition to Bill 169

UK lithium start-up gets $1.3 million to build new mine in Cornwall

Claims that Cornwall is sitting on a multibillion-dollar lithium bonanza will soon be tested as newcomer Cornish Lithium has now enough money to start exploring the region.

Codelco to produce “green” copper

The pilot project is taking place at the Gabriela Mistral mine

Explorer's Peruvian zinc asset gets a critical look

The Critical Investor provides an in-depth update for Ayawilca, noting drilling solidifies the South Zone resource potential for this explorer, while Zone 3 is 'no slam dunk yet,' and results from targets in other zones have yet to be released.

Peruvian Conga gold mine to stay closed until further notice

The Peruvian giant is focusing on extending the working life of the Yanacocha gold mine

AbraPlata hires Canadians and Australians to undertake PEA at Diablillos

The junior miner wants Toronto’s Roscoe Postle Associates and Perth’s GR Engineering Services to undertake a Preliminary Economic Assessment of its Diablillos silver-gold project

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

Producers of processed lithium - an essential element for batteries used in electric cars - are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall.

A Canadian company wants to help artisanal miners produce “clean gold”

SEF Canada is launching “Clean Gold Community Solutions” in Ecuador

Peru acquisition could increase silver miner's production by 75%

With the closing of the Coricancha acquisition, Great Panther expands its operations into Peru. In this interview with The Gold Report, CEO Robert Archer discusses the plans for operating Coricancha, the company's growth strategy and his decision to step down as CEO.

Chile's Caserones copper mine close to reach full capacity after weather forced 3-week shutdown

The mine, which began producing in May 2014, has suffered a series of technical problems in its ramp-up phase.

Antofagasta opening exploration office in Peru by year-end

Miner said country offers more favourable conditions to start new projects than Chile, where Antofagasta has majority stakes in four copper mines and has just opened a new one — Antucoya.

Argentina’s Supreme Court to hear case on Barrick's mine

A federal court in Argentina has ruled that the country's Supreme Court should evaluate the government's request to suspend operations at Barrick Gold Corp's Veladero mine

BHP denies it has agreed to sell Samarco stake to Vale

Brazilian newspaper had claimed BHP was selling its stake in the Samarco iron ore mine to its partner Vale.

Scientists find evidence for the formation of thinnest possible diamond

The researchers say the realization of a stable and atomically thick two-dimensional diamond material is still forthcoming

Colombian First Nations protest illegal mining on their traditional territories

The Indigenous groups demand urgent action against 160 mines whose activities -they say- are contaminating rivers, ravines, and the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

Artisanal miners’ strike impacts Colombian town

Local businesses have joined a general strike started six days ago by at least 10,000 artisanal and ancestral miners

BHP $2.5bn expansion of Spence copper mine in Chile approved

Company will make a decision on the plan in August.

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".

Rio Tinto axes iron ore export forecast for the year

It also revised down its expected share of hard coking coal for the year to between 7.2 to 7.8 million tonnes from 7.8 to 8.4 million tonnes.

Rio Tinto in search of the next Escondida mine in Chile

The so-called Palmani project aims to discover and characterize the mining potential of an area located in Chile's extreme north, at about at 2,100 metres of altitude.

Chile receives 12 bids for value-added lithium projects

Twelve companies from seven countries have applied to manufacture lithium-linked products in Chile, officials told journalists on Monday, in what they called a victory for the mining country's push to add value to its exports.

BHP injects $250 million into Samarco for clean-up

It also said that a Brazilian court had granted it and its partner Vale a four-month extension to negotiate a settlement to a $47 billion claim stemming from the 2015 mine disaster.

Output at world’s largest copper mine sank by 63% in Q1

Escondida, majority owned and operated by BHP, produced 97,103 tonnes of copper between January and March, down from 265,597 tonnes a year earlier.

Teck Resources grabs Goldcorp’s stake in Mexican project for $50 million

After acquiring Goldcorp's 21% in San Nicolás, Canada's largest diversified miner will be the Zacatecas-based copper-zinc project sole owner.

SolGold up on Ecuador project results, Canada listing

Having climbed almost 64% since the start of the year, investor sentiment towards SolGold appears to be quite positive.