Pan Pacific mine woes dull shine of Chile copper sector

miércoles 26 de agosto de 2015 01:41 GYT
 

* Slow ramp up of waste system has hit Caserones mine -consultant

* Says inexperienced workforce also a problem

* But Pan Pacific CEO plays down issues at site

* Head says on track to reach full output next month

* Chile copper industry battling to get ore from remote deposits

By Rosalba O'Brien and Yuka Obayashi

SANTIAGO/TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The slow ramp up of an ambitious waste disposal system and an inexperienced workforce have been key factors curbing output at a remote Chilean mine built by Japan's top copper smelter Pan Pacific Copper to bolster its supply of concentrate.

Those are among the main conclusions of a consultant's report commissioned by the company and seen by Reuters, which details troubles at the Caserones plant, one of only a handful in the world's top copper producer churning out high-quality concentrate.

Output on the project has been behind schedule since it started producing in May last year in the arid mountains of northern Chile, and its problems highlight the challenges facing miners in the country as they scrabble through far-flung locations after more accessible deposits have largely been tapped out.   Continuación...