June 1, 2017 / 3:51 PM / a year ago

Chile eyes construction of new copper smelter

SANTIAGO, June 1 (Reuters) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Thursday that she had asked state mining organizations including top producer Codelco to look at the possibility of building a new copper smelter to add value to copper exports.

“I have asked (the organizations) to begin a study together to establish a new smelter in the region of Atacama that will be at the vanguard of clean technology,” said Bachelet, as she gave her annual state-of-the-nation address to Congress. (Reporting by Santiago bureau)

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