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Freeport-McMoRan Extends Furloughs at Chino Mine

Mining News - Published on Tue, 26 May 2020

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Freeport-McMoRan announced it that it is extending many Chino Mine workers furlough periods to up to six months. Chino General Manager Chad Fretz and Tyrone Mine General Manager Erich Bower said “Chino employees have been notified their furlough period has been extended from approximately one month to up to six months, depending on an employee’s position. While on furlough, employees are considered to be on an unpaid leave of absence and will continue to be eligible for most company benefits. There is a distinct possibility the mine and mill will close, however, no decision has yet been made. The uncertain economic recovery, combined with still lower copper prices, is delaying our decision regarding Chino’s future until the third quarter.”

After a mid-April COVID-19 outbreak in the Chino Mine truck maintenance shop, owner company Freeport-McMoRan furloughed most workers at the mine east of Silver City. The furloughs were originally expected to end this week. The company warned of potential impending mass layoffs that could affect up to 825 workers.

The Chino mine in Grant County in New Mexico in US is a porphyry copper deposit with adjacent copper skarn deposits. There is leachable oxide, secondary sulfide and millable primary sulfide mineralization. The predominant oxide copper mineral is chrysocolla. Chalcocite is the most important secondary copper sulfide mineral, and chalcopyrite and molybdenite the dominant primary sulfides. Originally mined by Native Americans and later by Spaniards, open-pit mine began production in 1910. The original concentrator went into operation in 1911, but was replaced by a new facility in 1982. A smelter was commissioned in 1939 and was modernized in 1985 to increase capacity and achieve compliance with the Clean Air Act. In 2005, the smelter was permanently closed.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Tue, 26 May 2020
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