SANTIAGO, July 2 Chile's northern regions were
hit by a power outage on Wednesday, the nation's emergency
office said, though it was not immediately clear if production
at some of the area's massive copper mines was impacted.
The mineral-rich regions of Arica y Parinacota, Tarapaca and
Antofagasta, all affected by the blackout, are home to some of
the largest copper mines in Chile, the world's top producer of
the red metal.
These include state-owned Codelco's Chuquicamata,
Gabriela Mistral and Radomiro Tomic mines, the massive Escondida
mine, run by global miner BHP Billiton, and the
Collahuasi mine, a partnership between Glencore Xstrata Plc
and Anglo American Plc.
Sources close to the companies said that mines had backup
generators allowing for the most critical parts of operations to
continue, though not all.
Representatives for the companies were not immediately
available to comment.
(Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Marguerita Choy)