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8月Escondida铜矿同比增30% 预计仍将继续增产

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。

据智利国家铜业委员会(Cochilco)月度数据显示,Escondida铜矿8月产量为97,800吨,达到自2015年6月以来的最高水平。环比上升20%,同比增30%。

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。”

必和必拓在圣地亚哥的发言人表示,公司在10月18日的定期业务审查之前不方便对生产发表评论。

但是,这一全球最大的铜矿曾在今年2月和3月遭受了44天的罢工,这也是近年智利主要矿山最长的罢工时间。

所幸,矿山的生产恢复恰逢与铜价反弹接轨。在大宗商品历经数年的成本削减和投资低迷之后,全球对铜管和电线等需求增加,未来预计将呈现供不应求局面。

同时,伴随着新的海水淡化技术的到来,未来几个月Escondida的产量也将随之攀升。尽管罢工后矿山运营恢复正常,但由于恶劣的天气,7月份的产量受到拖累。

的确,罢工对年产量产生了一定影响。据Cochilco的数据显示,截至8月,Escondida铜矿总产量为50.71万吨,去年同期为68.54万吨。

必和必拓负责人Daniel Malchuk曾在今年8月表示,截至2018年6月财年的铜矿产量目标为113万吨至123万吨,而上一财年目标为106万吨。罢工、事故和天气影响了产量,使得矿山未能实现上一阶段的产量目标。

然而,由于罢工最终没有达成协议,劳资关系在未来几个月仍将面临生产风险。集体合同延期一年,双方在明年6月31日合同到期前必须再次回到谈判桌前。

尽管Malchuk表示,公司并未排除提前谈判的可能,但工会的发言人Allendes表示目前没有收到任何官方的文件。

“关系仍然很紧张,”Allendes表示,“目前仍没有对话,但我们不排除公司可能邀请我们参加预谈判的可能。”

(上海有色网 许慧梅)


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."

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