Chinalco says it resumes all operations at Peru copper mine

sábado 12 de abril de 2014 15:46 GYT
 

LIMA, April 12 (Reuters) - China's Chinalco Mining Corp on Saturday it had resumed full output at its new Toromocho copper mine in Peru after curtailing operations to comply with a government order that cited the company for pollution.

State-owned Chinalco halted all operations at the open-pit copper mine in Peru's central highlands late last month after environmental regulator OEFA demanded it stop dumping waste into two nearby lakes. On April 4, some operations resumed.

Alvaro Barrenechea, manager of corporate affairs for Chinalco in Peru, told Reuters that full operations had be restored late on Friday.

"There are no more restrictions," he said. "The leak was immediately and permanently controlled."

Construction of the Toromocho mine was finished in 2013. It is expected to produce 300,000 tonnes of copper per year once it reaches full capacity late this year.

Peru is the world's No. 3 copper exporter. (Reporting by Teresa Cespedes)