Silver Wheaton Interested in Stream Deal on Glencore Peru Mine

Silver Wheaton Corp. said it’s interested in securing a so-called streaming contract for future output of precious metals from Glencore Xstrata Plc’s Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

The Vancouver-based company, which helps miners pay for projects in exchange for a discount on their future silver and gold output, has had discussions with other parties about a streaming deal at Las Bambas, Silver Wheaton Chief Executive Officer Randy Smallwood said today on the sidelines of the Denver Gold Forum.

“About 5 percent of the revenue from Las Bambas comes from gold and silver, from precious metals, and it’s definitely a project that’s got healthy margins,” Smallwood said. “We think that a streaming contract would add a lot of value to the sales process.”

Glencore, based in Baar, Switzerland, is selling the mine as part of an agreement to win Chinese regulatory approval for its $29 billion takeover of Xstrata Plc this year.