Latin America

Chile's state-owned copper production company Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) has secured a $300m loan from Export Development Canada (EDC).   Codelco, which produces about 11% of the world's copper, is planning to invest around $23.5bn over the next four years in increasing its production capacity.   Plans…
Workers at Peru's Antamina copper mine have started the strike to demand higher wages.   Antamina union SUTRACOMASA spokesperson Hernan Robles has said that production at the mine has come to a halt and the company will struggle to send copper ore to port for export, reports Reuters.   Earlier…
Brazil-based mining company Vale has received an environmental licence to expand its Carajás open pit mine in the state of Para.   Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA) issued the licence, which will help the company expand its N4WS mine in Carajás, as it aims…
Mining workers at Antamina copper mine in Peru have decided to proceed with a proposed strike from Monday, after talks with management ended inconclusively.   Antamina labour union (SUTRACOMASA) secretary general Jorge Juarez told Reuters that the union is not inclined to hold further talks that delay their plans to…
Three of the 12 mining workers, who were trapped after a coal mine collapsed in the north-western state of Antioquia, Colombia, have died.   Authorities are now investigating how the mining workers died, whether it was due to inhaling toxic fumes, or the explosion inside the mine due to a…
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