FACTBOX-Chile copper mines at risk from quake

Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:22am EST

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 SANTIAGO, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Chile, the world's biggest copper producer,
was rocked by a huge magnitude-8.8 earthquake on Saturday, putting at risk
operations at several of the country's mid-sized mines around the capital but
sparing the massive deposits in the north.
 The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 56 miles (90 km) northeast
of the city of Concepcion -- which is south of Santiago -- at a depth of 22
miles (35 km) at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT).
 For a map showing the epicenter, click here
 As of 1500 GMT, operations at mines producing about 1 million tonnes a year
-- just under one-fifth of the country's total -- had been suspended by the
quake, although Codelco said that two of its mines were undamaged by the quake
and expected to restart them within hours. [ID:nN27157662]
 Here are some facts on key mines in Chile's south-central region:
 * Anglo-American's (AAL.L) Los Bronces and El Soldado mines are the closest
to the earthquake epicenter. Together they produce around 280,000 tonnes of
copper annually. The company is moving ahead with plans to expand its 238,400
tonnes of copper-per-year Los Bronces, one of the world's biggest copper
mines.
 * Codelco's El Teniente had an output of 404,000 tonnes in 2009. That
marked the end of four consecutive years of dwindling output as lower grades at
aging mines and labor strikes hit output.
 Here is an overview of all major mines in Chile:
 Mine          Location            Operator       Output  Status  KM Dist from
                                                         Concepcion
 El Teniente   75km S of Santiago  Codelco        404,000  ops suspend 240
 Andina        50km NE of Santiago Codelco        210,000  ops suspend 320
 Los Bronces   65km NE of Santiago Anglo-American 235,000  shut        335
 El Soldado    132km N of Santiago Anglo-American  50,000  shut        400
 Los Pelambres 200km NE of SantiagoAntofagasta    310,000  n/a         480
 Candelaria                        FreeportMcMoRan185,000  n/a         650
 Escondida     far north           BHP Billiton   780,000  ops normal  750
 Collahuasi    far north           Xstrata/Anglo  435,000  n/a       1,000
 Chuquicamata  far north           Codelco        565,000  n/a       1,140
 * Status as of 1500 GMT on Saturday from Reuters reports.
 * Output as of 2009 from Metals Production Database; Teniente/Andina output
as of 2009 from company; Bronces/Soldado output as of 2008 from company
Website.
 * Location is based on company information, public data
 * Distance best estimate using company data, Google Maps
 (Reporting by Alonso Soto; Editing by Jonathan Leff)


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