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"Expectations are for future mine production to be limited," one analyst remarks.
Workers at Collahuasi, one of the world's largest copper mines, had called for the temporary work stoppage after one of their colleagues died.
But BHP declined to comment on whether the trial meant any decision on expanding Olympic Dam would be put off until at least early 2020.
Two out of every three liters of water that the Andina expansion needs will come from recycled water, it is said.
About 800,000 tonnes copper concentrate could get permission to leave the country later this year.
Planned maintenance shutdowns have an impact on Vale’s first-half base metal production.
Banks and trading companies are checking their exposure to metals stored at Qingdao.
Also, Nyrstar repeated its previous guidance that it would mine between 280,000 and 310,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate.
Canada’s Hatch has been instrumental in designing and building the moly plant for the big Sierra Gorda copper/molybdenum mine being brought on stream this year by a KGHM/Mitsubishi jv
Also, it’s back to the future again as Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold officially reverted to its former name of Freeport-McMoRan.
'A year ago the market was talking about returns, returns, returns and stop investing,' Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh said. Not now.
Unionized workers are becoming vociferous in Chile over lack of investment in the country's copper sector.
The firm has grappled with rising production costs, falling copper grades and weaker prices and proposed in February to split the company into two.
Could a potential deal between Grupo Mexico and Mitsui Group signal an increase in mining M&A activity?
BHP also says that FY2015 iron ore output is to rise a further 20mt to 245mt, along with stronger copper, metallurgical coal output.
Zinc for delivery in three months added 1.4 percent to $2,368.25 a ton by presstime.
Rising nickel outlook, output gains boosts Australia's Western Areas, Panoramic Resources and others.
It takes more than a cursory glance at Chinese metal/concentrate imports to gauge demand & health of China's economy.
Copper remains shy of the $7,000 per tonne mark, though otherwise has been quite strong.
Last week shipments of iron ore, lead and zinc concentrate left the country, after two firms agreed to pay a 20 percent export tax, an official said.
With Las Bambas, MMG would become the top Asian copper producer.
McEwen Mining takes another look at the carrying value of its Los Azules copper project.
The plan is for the Sierra Gorda mine to produce 217,000 tonnes of copper by 2018.
In a report released in Q1, the country’s mining chamber predicted that output in 2014 would inch up to 922,000 tonnes.
Iron ore rose 5% to 22.8 million tonnes while copper rose to 396,400 tonnes in the first half of the year.
Teck takes on more AQM shares, increasing its hold on the Zafranal copper project.
Mercator’s ability to remain a going concern is now in question after Intergeo decided to terminate its merger.
The company has already delayed the project’s launch due to weak aluminium prices.
Japan’s leading zinc producer, Mitsui, reckons the current higher premiums in Asia will remain at least until the end of this year.
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