March 3, 2010 / 2:19 PM / in 7 years

FACTBOX-Chile copper mines, ports recover from quake

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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. [ID:nN03223899]
 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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