SMM10月13日讯：8月，必和必拓(BHP Billiton Ltd .)旗下智利Escondida铜矿产量飙升，预计未来几个月将继续增长，因其增加了一个加工厂运作。
Escondida主要工会的发言人Carlos Allendes表示：“本月Los Colorados选矿厂开始运作，目前还没有达到100%，因此产量将继续增加。目前公司有一套增产方案，并于8月复审了全年的产量目标。”
原文如下：BHP Copper Output Jumps in Chile as Concentrator Ramps Up (1)
By Laura Millan Lombrana
(Bloomberg) -- Output at BHP Billiton Ltd.’s Escondida copper mine in Chile soared in August and is expected to continue growing over the next few months as it ramps up a processing plant.
Production was 97,800 metric tons in August, the highest since June 2015, according to monthly data compiled by the Chilean government’s copper commission, known as Cochilco.
That’s up 20 percent from the previous month and 30 percent from a year ago.
"The Los Colorados concentrator started operating that month and it’s not working at a 100 percent yet so production will keep increasing," Carlos Allendes, a spokesman for Escondida’s main union, said by telephone. "The company has told us that they have a program to increase production and they reviewed output targets for the year in August."
A BHP spokeswoman in Santiago said the company couldn’t comment on production ahead of its scheduled operational review on Oct. 18.
The world’s largest copper mine endured a 44-day strike in February and March in the longest stoppage at a major Chilean mine in modern times. Activity at the mine has since recovered, coinciding with a rebound in copper prices. Global demand for the metal used in plumbing and wiring is expected to exceed supply after years of cost cutting and subdued investment during the worst commodities downturn in a generation.
Escondida production probably also will rise over the coming months as a new desalination plant comes on line, Allendes said. Although the mine returned to normal after the strike, it lost some time in July due to bad weather.
Still, the strike will impact annual production. In the year through August, Escondida produced 507,100 tons, according to the Cochilco data, compared with 685,400 tons in the same period last year.
The mine is targeting production of 1.13 million to 1.23 million tons for the year through June 2018, compared with the previous financial year’s target of 1.06 million tons, Daniel Malchuk, head of BHP’s Minerals Americas, told reporters in August. The mine missed its target for the previous period as the strike, accidents and weather impacted production.
Labor relations remain a risk to production over the coming months given the strike ended with no accord. The collective contract was extended for a year and both parties will have to go back to the negotiating table before it expires on June 31.
While Malchuk said the company didn’t rule out bringing negotiations forward, the union has had no official request from the company to do so, Allendes said.
"Relations remain really tense," he said. "There have been no conversations, but we don’t rule out that the company could invite us to anticipated negotiations."