Drought threatens copper mines in Chile

Chilean copper mines are facing problems due to a drought. According to state copper miner Codelco, there is a restriction on copper processing at El Teniente mine. In April, water supply was at 25% of capacity and in May the company decided to reduce the processing rate at the Sewell mill to prioritise operations at the Colón plant. At the end of 2019, Codelco partially restricted water consumption at El Teniente’s mine camp. Although figures are unknown on current processing rates at the Sewell mill, a spokesperson has said that normal operations could resume if there is rain this month.

Source: SteelGuru