26 de febrero de 2016 / 18:24 / en 2 años

Production line remains suspended at Codelco's Andina mine

SANTIAGO, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Chile’s state-owned mining company Codelco, the world’s top copper producer, said Friday that a production line transporting concentrate at its Andina mine remained suspended after a pipeline burst.

The miner said in a statement that it was not yet possible to measure the impact on output because it would depend on the length of the suspension.

On Thursday, the company had reported the production line halt after an underground pipe carrying material from a concentrator to a filtration plant burst, although the flow was quickly cut off.

Codelco said Friday that a full restart of operations “will only be possible once compliance with safety standards can be verified.”

Last year, Andina, which is located near capital Santiago, produced 224,300 tonnes of copper, about 13 percent of Codelco’s total 2015 production of 1.73 million tonnes. (Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Gram Slattery; Editing by Bill Trott)

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