FACTBOX-Chile copper mines, ports recover from quake

Wed Mar 3, 2010 2:01pm EST

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 March 3 (Reuters) - Chile's copper mines, which produce about a third of
global supply, have emerged almost unscathed from the earthquake which killed
nearly 800 people and destroyed infrastructure, knocking out power and phone
lines in some areas. [ID:nN03242555]
 A strong 5.9-magnitude aftershock offshore of the Chilean coast on
Wednesday sparked panic in the southern-central town of Conception, devastated
by a massive earthquake over the weekend. [ID:nN03253073]
 Chilean state oil company Enap has declared force majeure on a crude
shipment from Ecuador's Petroecuador due to refinery problems following the
quake, a company spokeswoman said. [ID:nN03255778]
 Codelco, [CODEL.UL] the world's top copper miner, said it is exporting
normally after Saturday's earthquake toppled power lines and damaged ports and
roads. [ID:nN03242555]
 Anglo American PLC (AAL.L) said affected copper mining operations were able
to resume full and safe production and expected that the chagres smelter will
resume full production by Wednesday. It said lost copper production during the
stoppage was limited to less than 1,500 tonnes. [ID:nWLB9145]
 Argentina will double its daily supply of natural gas to Chile after an
earthquake shut two oil refineries, an Argentine government source said. The
earthquake has not damaged pipelines linking the countries.  [ID:nN03197744]
 Chilean forestry group CMPC CAR.SN said all but three of its plants were
down due to a massive weekend earthquake that disrupted power supply.
 Chile was importing more crude oil products from Asia and the United States
to make up for supply disruptions after two refineries got damaged and remained
shut. [ID:nSGE6220GX]
 Stable power supply returned on Tuesday to Chile's copper mines, which
produce a third of the world's supply. [ID:nN02150357]
 Copper exporting port San Antonio was operating only two of its eight piers
[ID:nN02174509] while the key Valparaiso port was operating five of eight
piers. [ID:nN02170063]
 Tremors also shook Chile's wineries whose production was delayed in the
aftermath. [ID:nN02130274]
 More than 700 people died in the quake, which so far was estimated to have
caused $3 billion to $8 billion in insured losses [ID:nWEN1041]
 Following are details of the aftershocks of the quake, which struck early
Saturday 70 miles (115 km) northeast of Concepcion and about 200 miles (320 km)
south of Santiago.
 For full coverage, click on [ID:nCHILE]
 For a map showing the epicenter, click here
 Here is an overview of major mines and smelters in Chile:
 Major Mines   Location            Operator        Output   Status
 El Teniente   75km S of Santiago  Codelco        404,000  ops resumed
 Andina        50km NE of Santiago Codelco        210,000  ops resumed
 Los Bronces   65km NE of Santiago Anglo-American 235,000  ops resumed
 El Soldado    132km N of Santiago Anglo-American  50,000  ops resumed
 Los Pelambres 200km NE of SantiagoAntofagasta    310,000  ops resumed
 Candelaria                        FreeportMcMoRan185,000  starting up
 Escondida     far north           BHP Billiton   780,000  ops normal
 Collahuasi    far north           Xstrata/Anglo  435,000  ops normal
 Chuquicamata  far north           Codelco        565,000  ops normal
 Top smelters    Near              Operator       Capacity Status
 Caletones       El Teniente       Codelco        435,000  ops suspend
 Potrerillos                       Codelco        195,000  ops normal
 Altonorte       Antofagasta Port  Xstrata        268,014  n/a
    Chuquicamata    Chuquicamata      Codelco        590,130  ops normal
 Energy facilities  Location               Operator      Capacity     Status
 BioBio Refinery    N of Conception        ENAP          116,000      shut
 Aconcagua Refinery near Santiago          ENAP          100,000      shut
 Quintero LNG       110km NE of Santiago   BG            2.5 mln Ts unaffected
 Mejillones LNG                            GDF Suez                 unaffected
 * Output as of 2009 from Metals Production Database
(here); Teniente/Andina output as of
2009 from company; Bronces/Soldado output as of 2008 from company Website.
 * Location based on company information, public data
 * Distance best estimate using company data, Google Maps
 (Reporting by Alonso Soto in Santiago and Euan Rocha in Toronto)

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