Peruvian government is expected to issue a long-awaited construction permit for the mine in the first quarter of 2018.
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The indefinite labour action involves 56 unions, which are protesting a government’s proposed reform they see as "anti-workers".
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The new section of the Toquepala open-pit mine in southern Tacna, Peru, is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
China is currently the top investor in the country's sector, pumping $19.2 billion into several copper, gold and silver projects.
The former president says lack of immediate benefits for communities has driven mining opposition causing the country to lose billions worth of gold and copper projects.
Six people have been killed in anti-mining protests so far this year, including three at last week's clash between police and locals near Las Bambas copper mine.
Total for this year may be $7.7 billion, down from 2014's $8.7 billion and significantly lower than a record $10 billion in 2013.
The company could extend a 60-day pause in effect since late May to allow locals more time to clear up their doubts about the project’s environmental impact.
The move suspends civil liberties, allowing police and troops to enforce curfews in an effort to end two months of fresh violence in Arequipa.
Farmers, anti-mining activists and local leaders have opposed the project for years, claiming it will pollute key waterways for Arequipa, where the mine will be built.
The expansion will boost the capacity of the Peruvian mine's copper concentrator to 120,000 tonnes per day from 60,000.
Minister of the Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said the debated and long-delayed copper mine won’t hurt water supplies as opponents claim.
Around 15,000 of the total 55,000 licences in effect risk fines and even losing all privileges over the land.
Chinese backers are now behind one-third of all Peru’s new mining investments by value.
The mine is expected to produce 120,000 tons of copper a year during its 20 years of mine life.
Currently China is the second largest producer of the red metal, with an annual output of about 1.6 million tonnes per year.
The South American nation lost the title to China in 2012.
Combined estimate investment exceeds $13 billion, says the government.
Work is likely to restart within the next 90 days, a top government official said following a public meeting with local residents.
The Peruvian copper project, halted in 2011 after clashes between residents and police that left three dead, could began production about a year ahead of schedule.
Southern Copper Corp. is evaluating the construction of a hydroelectric plant in Peru to mitigate the impacts that the energy crisis in the second world producer of copper may have in its operations, said the company’s president Oscar Gonzalez.
Record annual earnings of more than $2 billion released today by key global copper producer Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO), were overshadowed by the company’s decision of pushing back the beginning of its operation at the $1 billion Tia Maria project until 2015.
The Peruvian government has cancelled a billion-dollar copper mining project near Arequipa, Peru, after clashes between police and protesters left three dead last week, BBC News reported: The mining ministry said the environmental impact assessment […]
Southern Copper, one of the world's largest producers of the metal, has postponed its $1 billion Tia Maria mining project in Peru because of social conflicts, Chief Executive Oscar Gonzalez said on Tuesday. The company (SCCO.N: Quote) will revise the project's viability later this month and consider alternative sites in Argentina and Ecuador in the meantime, Gonzalez told local television.