Sumitomo Metal sees Sierra Gorda 2015 copper output at 100,000 T, below target

martes 10 de noviembre de 2015 03:32 GYT

TOKYO Nov 10 (Reuters) - Japan's Sumitomo Metal Mining said on Tuesday that it expects copper output of the Sierra Gorda mine in Chile this year to come in at 100,000 tonnes, below a previous target of 123,000 tonnes, due to a delayed ramp-up in production.

The Sierra Gorda mine, which it owns jointly with Polish producer KGHM Polska Miedz, began commercial production at the end of June and initial plans called for it to reach full capacity utilisation in December.

But the timing of full operation may be delayed until the first quarter of 2016 due to a technical problem that has been found recently, Masahiro Morimoto, director at Sumitomo Metal Mining, told a news conference.

(Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Tom Hogue)