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Is The End Of The Escondida Strike A ''Disaster'' For This Mega-Mine?

Is The End Of The Escondida Strike A ''Disaster'' For This Mega-Mine?

Mar 27, 2017 at 11:05 | Dave Forest

Major South American miner Milpo dealt a major blow to the copper sector this past Thursday. Announcing that it will pull out of the Michiquillay project in Peru — one…

This World-Leading Copper Supplier Just Came Back Online

This World-Leading Copper Supplier Just Came Back Online

Mar 22, 2017 at 11:32 | Dave Forest

The workers’ strike at the world’s largest copper mine, Chile’s Escondida, shows no signs of stopping. With unions this week rejecting a request by management for a new round…

Here’s The Official New No.1 Copper Supplier To China

Here’s The Official New No.1 Copper Supplier To China

Mar 01, 2017 at 10:04 | Dave Forest

I wrote in late January about how Peru has been squeezing Chile in terms of copper supply to China. And this week, it’s official. Peru is now the…

Has South Africa Just Pushed The Restart Button For Mining?

Has South Africa Just Pushed The Restart Button For Mining?

Feb 23, 2017 at 11:04 | Dave Forest

One of the most striking stories in mining the last decade has been the decline of South Africa. With that nation going from world’s top gold producer in 2006 all…

This Copper Hotspot Faces Another Shutdown

This Copper Hotspot Faces Another Shutdown

Feb 20, 2017 at 10:32 | Dave Forest

All eyes in the copper world have been on stoppages at the Escondida, Chile and Grasberg, Indonesia mega-mines this past week. But elsewhere, other concerning events are emerging for copper…

Profitable Once Again: Copper Miners Report Better Numbers

Profitable Once Again: Copper Miners Report Better Numbers

Feb 09, 2017 at 10:15 | Dave Forest

It’s a big day for copper. With workers at Escondida, Chile — the world’s largest mine – having signaled they intend to start strike action today, earlier than expected.…

Is This The Final Week For The World's Largest Copper Mine?

Is This The Final Week For The World's Largest Copper Mine?

Feb 06, 2017 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing the last few weeks about brewing problems at the world’s largest copper mine: BHP Billiton’s Escondida operation in Chile. And this week, it’s crunch time for that…

Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Chinese Make Aggressive Move In High Risk Mining Assets

Feb 03, 2017 at 16:55 | Dave Forest

Definitely a theme in the news this week: the continued resource dominance of China. Despite all the concerns the last couple of years about a China slowdown, data emerging for…

The Philippines Just Shut Down Half Of Its Mining Industry

The Philippines Just Shut Down Half Of Its Mining Industry

Feb 03, 2017 at 09:38 | Dave Forest

One of the most-watched happenings in the global mining sector came to a head yesterday. As the government of major mining center the Philippines unveiled results of a nation-wide…

South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

South African Platinum Miners Struggle As Strikes Intensify

Jan 27, 2017 at 10:51 | Dave Forest

More warning signs emerging this week in the world’s top-producing platinum nation, South Africa. Where it appears the depressed state of industry is endangering the future of several critical mines.…

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