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Collahuasi Copper Mine in Chile Restarts After Accident

Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Anglo American Plc and Xstrata Plc’s Collahuasi operation in Chile restarted today after a fatal accident shut the world’s third-largest copper mine.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Matthew Craze in Santiago at mcraze@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net

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