Codelco shuts Chuquicamata smelter and refinery as coronavirus spreads in region

Codelco has closed its Chuquicamata smelter and refinery as a “preventative measure,” becoming the first major copper asset closed due to the Covid-19 virus in Chile, the world’s top producer of the metal.

The state-owned copper producer said the measures were “transitory” and done with the aim of reducing exposure in the local area and “for the health of people in the division.” “This initiative allows focus on production in the mine and concentrator units which, under safeguards, will continue to contribute,” the company said late on Thursday June 25. Chuquicamata is one...

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Archie Hunter

June 26, 2020

09:27 GMT

London