Antofagasta expects Chile unrest to dent output, issues dismal 2020 outlook

Copper producer Antofagasta said on Wednesday protests in Chile could cut its production by about 5 000 t, equivalent to less than 3% of third quarter output, due to delays in supplies and travel disruptions for workers. The London-listed miner, which has four mines in Chile and employs about 19 000 people, kept its full-year forecast unchanged at 750 000 t to 790 000 t of copper this year, but said 2020 output would be lower at 725 000 t to 755 000 t.

Taseko awards engineering contract for Florence commercial facility

With ongoing success at the test facility of the Florence copper project, in the US, dual-listed Taseko Mines has awarded the basic engineering contract for a commercial facility to professional services group Stantec. In the last nine months, Vancouver-based Taseko has commissioned a 24-hole test wellfield consisting of injection, recovery and monitoring wells, while ramping up the solvent extraction and electrowinning plant to design capacity.

Anglo mines targeting climate-positive hydrogen truck deployment

Anglo American’s copper operations in Chile are targeting a switch to climate-positive hydrogen trucks, should their development in South Africa prove successful. The world’s largest hydrogen-powered mine haul truck is being developed at Anglo American Platinum’s Mogalakwena mine in Limpopo, as a means of lowering carbon emission. The hydrogen will be produced from renewable sources rendering it ‘green’.

Workers at Escondida to walk off job Tuesday

The union of workers at BHP's Escondida copper mine will hold a day-long strike on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with protests in Chile, the union president told Reuters on Monday. Violent clashes, arson attacks and looting in cities throughout Chile led to at least seven deaths over a weekend marked by chaos in the world's top copper producing country.

Anglo’s Los Bronces targeting 30% cut in greenhouse gas emissions

Anglo American’s Los Bronces copper mine in Chile is targeting a 30% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the next ten years, with its two other environmentally protective, same-period goals being 50% less water abstraction and 30% less energy use. The 152-year-old mine, located in the ice-topped Andes mountain region, is owned 50.1% by Anglo American, 20.4% by Mitsubishi and 29.5% by Chile’s state-owned Codelco and joint venture partner Mitsui.

Codelco ditches ‘green copper’ push, eyes wider mine clean-up in two years

In 2017, the world's largest copper producer - Chile's Codelco - announced a plan to sell "green copper" at a premium price to customers using more sustainable practices like renewable energy and recycled water to cut its carbon footprint. The project has run aground however, Codelco insiders and an executive said, as the miner realised it would struggle to guarantee its copper's sustainability once it left the mine to be melted down and taken to market. Without that, traders said, higher prices were unjustifiable.

Atalaya says Proyecto Riotinto slightly delayed

The Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain, expects to reach its expanded throughput rate of 15-million tonnes a year by the end of 2019, despite delays to increased electricity supply. The expansion project reached full mechanical completion on August 19 and has started ramping up. However, the increase in throughput capacity and the full completion relies on additional electricity supply to be provided by power supplier Endesa.