Antofagasta to slow expansion of Los Pelambres mine

Los Pelambres copper mine, located 200 kms north of Chile’s capital Santiago, is Antofagasta’s flagship operation. (Image courtesy of Antofagasta plc.)

Antofagasta PLC said on Friday it would put parts of its Los Pelambres expansion project on care and maintenance as the Chilean miner reduced the number of staff to reduce risk of coronavirus infection.

“The reduction in workforce will be for at least 15 days and reviewed periodically, with a consequential delay expected in the completion of the project,” Antofagasta said, adding that the full impact of the delay is still to be estimated.

(By Zandi Shabalala)

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