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Production at MMG’s Las Bambas copper mine in Peru is effectively paralyzed

Las Bambas made headlines earlier this year when locals around the mine and on its transport route blockaded the operation and stopped production due to their ongoing complaints about the amount of heavy truck traffic, lack of compensation and general malaise. Since then the bad blood between parties has slipped off the radar, however the lack of advances in negotiations between the three parties (company, locals, government) meant that around 20 days ago the blockades were re-started as a protest measure. The fact the move didn’t make headlines at the time doesn’t make it any less severe, as the company is now virtually out of fuel for its fleet of trucks, 90% of vehicles are parked up, copper production is down to a trickle and management says it only has another day or two before it sends its 8,000 strong workforce home. 

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