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Codelco to Contiinue Operatons Despite 2300+ COVID19 Cases

Mining News - Published on Fri, 03 Jul 2020

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Chile’s state-run Codelco warned that any move to ramp up restrictions on its mines amid the coronavirus outbreak would be catastrophic for the country even though at least 2,300 of Codelco’s workers have been infected. CodelcoCEO Octavio Mr Araneda told meda that “Let’s look at this in context. We have almost 70,000 staff, between our own workers and contractors, that’s why the numbers are high. Codelco had acted quickly and proactively to contain the virus, despite increasing criticism from unions and politicians in recent weeks. Once the pandemic is past, every peso we generate will help to lift our country tomorrow.”

Mr Araneda touted safety measures the company has taken, including longer shift rotations at its flagship El Teniente mine and temporarily shutting down its Chuquicamata smelter and refinery. He said the company was working with as much as a 50% reduction in staff.

Codelco said in April and May it had held output and shipments of copper steady despite the growing crisis. But the exploding pandemic in the South American nation has boosted the company’s infection tally and led to calls for further restrictions.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Jul 2020
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