Both mining and plant operations were closed yesterday pending an investigation into the worker’s death at the mine’s sulfur plant that occurred Feb. 20, spokeswoman Bernardita Fernandez said in an e-mailed statement today. The investigation will continue even as mining restarts, she said.
Collahuasi, which produces about 3 percent of the world’s copper, was disrupted earlier this week by snowstorms caused by a seasonal weather front at the site 4,400 meters (14,426 feet) above sea level.
Output at the mine declined 10 percent last year to 453,409 metric tons after adverse weather, labor stoppages and lower ore grades affected operations.
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