Latin America

Cerro Moro gold-silver mine is located 70km south-west of the port of Puerto Deseado in Santa Cruz province, Argentina, covering about 175km² of area. Extorre Gold Mines (EGM), the owner and operator of the mine, was acquired by Yamana Gold in August 2012. Estelar Resources, a subsidiary of EGM, had…
BHP Billiton’s Cerro Matoso nickel operation is situated in Columbia and combines a lateritic nickel ore deposit with a low-cost ferronickel smelter. It is the world’s second-largest producer of ferronickel and boasts some of the lowest costs. Mining commenced in 1980 and nickel production started in 1982 under the Colombian…
BHP Billiton's wholly owned Cerro Colorado copper mine lies within the Atacama Desert at an altitude of 2,600m east of Iquique, Chile. The mine is a significant producer of copper cathode for BHP, although production levels have declined in recent years as grades have declined. An earthquake in 2005 also…
SCM Minera Lumina Copper (Minera Lumina) is developing the Caserones copper and molybdenum deposit in Chile, which features six of the top ten biggest copper mines in the world. Minera Lumina is 75% owned by Pan Pacific Copper (a joint venture between JX Nippon Mining & Metals and Mitsui Mining…
The largest coal mining operation in Latin America, Carbones del Cerrejón Norte was developed by a joint venture between the Colombian state organisation, Carbones de Colombia (Carbocol) and Intercor, a subsidiary of the US energy company, ExxonMobil. In 2000, Carbocol's assets were acquired jointly by Anglo American, BHP Billiton and…
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