Peru: Despite years of protests and opposition from locals, government approves expansion of Las Bambas copper mine
Date Reported: 24 Mar 2022
CompaniesLas Bambas (part of MMG) - None
Total individuals affected: Number unknownIndigenous peoples: ( Number unknown - Peru - Sector unknown )
IssuesLand Rights , Free, prior & informed consent , Indigenous Peoples , Protests , Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Response sought: No
Source type: News outlet
"Peru approves expansion of Las Bambas copper mine despite protests", 24 March 2022
...MMG Ltd on Thursday said it has secured approval from Peru's Ministry of Energy and Mines to expand its Las Bambas copper mine despite ongoing outrage from local indigenous communities.
Located in the Apurimac region of southern Peru, the Chinese-owned mine has been a flashpoint of protests and road blockades since it started operations in 2016, which have caused it to frequently curtail its operations.
The development will mainly be for the Chalcobamba pit and its associated infrastructure, the MMG statement said...
According to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, an investment of $130 million is planned for the construction of the first phase of Chalcobamba.
The Chumbivilcas communities - mostly indigenous citizens of Quechua descent - have repeatedly accused the Chinese company of failing to provide jobs and money to the region, one of the poorest in Peru, despite the vast mineral wealth.
MMG said Las Bambas "looks forward to working with the community of Huancuire to begin development in the coming months."
Peru is the world’s No. 2 copper producer and Las Bambas produces 2% of the world’s supply of the red metal...