Chile's biggest copper mines keep production ticking up despite coronavirus: Cochilco

SANTIAGO, June 8 (Reuters) - Copper production in Chile’s top mines rose in April despite the generalised shutdown in the country aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus.

Chilean copper commission Cochilco said state miner Codelco, the world’s top copper producer, saw production rise 2.8% year on year in April and 3.8% in the first four months of 2020, while BHP´s Escondida, the world’s largest mine, pumped out 102,600 tonnes, a rise of 11.4% on the same month the previous year, an increase of 9% so far in 2020.

Collahuasi meanwhile, a joint-venture between Anglo American and Glencore, produced 54,100 tonnes, a 45.8% year on year rise, and was up 22.6% in 2020.

Reporting by Fabian Cambero, writing by Aislinn Laing Editing by Marguerita Choy