Codelco's Chuquicamata mine reopens after rains in Chile halted work

lunes 10 de agosto de 2015 12:13 GYT

SANTIAGO Aug 10 (Reuters) - World no.1 copper exporter Codelco said on Monday its key Chuquicamata mine had restarted operations after work was stopped temporarily over the weekend due to storms.

Heavy rain and winds hit the southern cone of South America, battering the Chilean coastline and leading to the precautionary suspension of work at Chuquicamata Sunday afternoon.

State-run Codelco said in a statement production had returned to normal after around three hours.

Chuquicamata, its second-largest mine, produced around 340,000 tonnes of copper last year out of Chile's total 5.7 million.

Operations at Codelco's smaller Salvador mine remained suspended amid an ongoing strike.

The strike also halted mine exploration at its Ministro Hales project, Codelco said Sunday, although work continued at the complex's plant.

(Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien; Editing by Bernadette Baum)