Codelco says halts Ministro Hales project construction after death

SANTIAGO Thu Feb 7, 2013 3:49pm EST

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SANTIAGO Feb 7 (Reuters) - World No. 1 copper producer Codelco said on Thursday it had halted construction work at its Ministro Hales copper mine project after a mechanic died in a tunnel.

Codelco said the cause of Jaime Orlando Illanes Herrera's death was being investigated.

The mine is scheduled to come on line at the end of this year.