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Las Bambas closure: Minister of Energy and Mines hopes it is a misunderstanding

The Minister of Energy and Mines, Eduardo González Toro, said that his office has not received any official information about the possible cessation of operations of the Las Bambas mining company, and that he trusts that the impasse with the community will be solved.

“Let’s hope they reflect and continue working on the welfare of the communities,” he said from Trujillo. He also pointed out that he hopes it is a misunderstanding and that the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) will continue to build bridges of dialogue to solve social conflicts in the country.

On November 29, the head of the Minem led a multisectoral delegation to strengthen the dialogue between leaders of the province of Cotabambas in Apurímac and representatives of Las Bambas. Both parties agreed to meet within 15 days.

“We have to work together, the company, the community and we as the State, to be able to advance the progress of all the communities involved. For us, it is important that there are no more stoppages and for this we have to prioritize the issue of dialogue, “said the minister at that time.

Las Bamba announced the stoppage of operations

The Australian-based company MMG Limited announced the possible stoppage of the Las Bambas mining operations for the fortnight of December. The corporation’s decision is due to the blockade of the Southern Mining Corridor by the residents of the Chumbivilcas province in Cusco.

Through a statement, the Hong Kong-listed company indicated that, “as a result of this continuous blockade and the restriction of inbound and outbound logistics, Las Bambas has been forced to progressively reduce operations at the mine and the production will cease in mid-December due to the lack of key consumables (inputs for mining exploitation) ”.


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