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February 09, 2016 9:26 AM ET

Metals and Mining

Company Overview of Compania Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada

Company Overview

Compania Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada owns and operates a copper mine. The mine is a significant producer of copper cathode. The company was founded in 1994 and is based in Iquique, Chile. Compania Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada operates as a subsidiary of BHP Billiton Group.

San Martin 255, piso 4, oficina 46

Edificio Empresarial



Founded in 1994


56 5 741 3561


56 5 741 7553

Key Executives for Compania Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada

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Compania Minera Cerro Colorado Limitada Key Developments

Workers at Cerro Colorado Copper Mine Launch Strike

Workers at BHP Billiton's Cerro Colorado copper mine in Chile have launched an indefinite strike following a breakdown in contract negotiations. The union rejected the latest offer of a 1% wage increase by BHP Billiton, which represents nearly 700 people working at Cerro Colorado. Following the strike announcement, all operations at the open-pit mine have come to a halt. The union said in a statement that workers were 'camped out on the road leading to the mine during the first hours of the strike and the production is completely paralyzed'. Located 125km east of the port of Iquique, the mine is wholly owned by BHP Billiton and has capacity to produce 80,000t /year of copper cathode through leaching and electro-winning.

Chilean Indigenous Communities File BHP Billiton's Cerro Colorado Mine Works Permit Lawsuit

The continuity of operations at BHP Billiton's Cerro Colorado mine in Chile's Tarapac region (I) is at risk after a lawsuit was filed by indigenous communities. Aymara communities are challenging the issuing of an environmental permit for construction of a channeling system in the Quipisca area. The works are designed to project a local creek from potential mine runoff that could enter it during heavy rain. The channeling is located near the company's Cerro Negro, Norte and Parca dump sites. The USD 6.8 million project obtained environmental approval in May. The communities said that given there are communities that live in the vicinity, the project should have required an environmental impact study (EIS), and therefore in compliance with the International Labor Organization's 169 agreement on indigenous peoples' rights, rather than an environmental impact assessment (EIA). The communities also claimed the project was part of Cerro Colorado's larger expansion project. BHP said the channeling project was not a productive project, but rather a measure to protect the creek and surrounding communities from runoff.

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