Lundin Mining reports a 37% increase in total copper output in second quarter

The base metals producer Lundin Mining has reported that copper production at all of its facilities was higher for Q2 2020 compared with Q2 2019. The company’s total copper output of 65,285 tonnes for the second quarter of 2020 represents a 37% increase on the same period last year. Lundin reported growth in its financial indicators as well, achieving net earnings of $48.3 mn for this quarter, compared with a loss of $8.6 million in the corresponding period of 2019.

Tesoro Resources expands highly prospective El Zorro gold project

Chile-focused explorer Tesoro Resources has expanded its flagship El Zorro gold project by 360% after applying for 156 new prospect concessions. The concessions cover about 285 square kilometres and host similar prospective geology to El Zorro. Once granted, Tesoro expects the El Zorro project will increase to 395sq km of concessions hosting 55km of strike. Tesoro managing director, Zeff Reeves, said "We have identified additional areas that we believe to be prospective for gold mineralisation similar to the style we are currently delineating at the Ternera prospect, where drilling is ongoing."

Fluor to proceed on Gold Fields’ Salares Norte open pit mine in Chile

Engineering and construction firm, Fluor, has announced that it was given full notice by South African gold miner Gold Fields to move ahead with the Salares Norte open pit gold mine in Chile. The Salares Norte project is a blind epithermal gold and silver deposit in the Atacama region of northern Chile. Under the contract, Fluor is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) management services for the northern Chile project.

Hot Chili submits positive test work from three copper deposits in Chile

Hot Chili has tabled some positive test work from its three copper deposits in in Chile, delivering a common processing route and potentially a high-value product. Metallurgical test work on sulphide samples from the Cortadera, Productora and San Antonio copper deposits confirm that the selected processing flowsheet should see over 89% of the contained copper mineralisation recovered. The preliminary metallurgical test work on samples from the Cortadera and San Antonio deposits show the sulphide ores from these discoveries share a common processing profile.