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8 Feb 2022

Yujie Xue, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Peru: Chinese miner MMG warns production could stop at Las Bambas copper mine amid blockades set by communities

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"Chinese miner MMG to halt production at Peru’s Las Bambas copper mine amid blockades, stand-off with villagers" 7 February 2022

Chinese mining firm MMG said production at the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru could stop in two weeks’ time, after new roadblocks set up by a local community forced the company to curtail operations.

The Hong Kong-listed company said in an exchange filing on Monday that “production is expected to cease on around 20 February” if the roadblock set up on January 28 by the Ccapacmarca community in Chumbivilcas province continues. [...]

Since its opening in 2016, the Las Bambas project has faced repeated protests as the Chumbivilcas communities – the poorest in Peru – accused the Chinese mining group of failing to provide jobs and money to the region.

In December, the protesters had blocked the roads leading to Las Bambas, forcing MMG to suspend operations for over a month. The Peruvian government reached an agreement with the protesters on December 30 to remove roadblocks and restart operations at the mine.

The community leaders later rejected the proposal and erected new blockades again, which led MMG to make its announcement on Monday.

“MMG remains committed to ensuring the health, safety and security of employees, contractors and the community members involved and actively engaging in transparent and constructive dialogue. The company seeks the immediate removal of the illegal roadblocks,” it said. [...]