Matarani port blockade cuts off exports from Peru's southern copper belt

Protests against the building of Southern Peru Copper Corp’s (SPCC) Tia Maria project are having a knock-on adverse effect on other copper miners in the region, which generates 6% of the world’s mined copper.

Exports of copper from Peru's Matarani port are being delayed while local communities block roads that connect the port to copper mines owned by Hudbay, MMG, Freeport and Glencore, Fastmarkets has learned.
On Friday July 19, demonstrators started to protest a government decision to allow SPCC to build Tia Maria, $1.4 billion project that has taken eight years to approve and would allow a 120,000 tonne per year copper mine be built 20km from Matarani.
Blockades are taking place on the Arequipa City to Matarani road, Mollendo city to Matarani road, as well as the road from Mollendo city to Ilo road.

The blockades, which come amid an already short market for copper concentrates, cut off the port...

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Archie Hunter

Julian Luk

July 25, 2019

17:27 GMT

London