Ecuador launches copper exportation, plans for more mining projects

In a few weeks, Ecuador could go from being an exploration area to an industrial copper exporter, as the country plans to ship its first large cargo of this metal within a few weeks. This shipment will leave from the Mirador copper mine, owned by a unit of the Chinese CRCC-Tongguan consortium (that began operations in July); the shipment could have left in October, but the company imposed some work restrictions as a precaution during the protests that rocked the country last month. The company resumed normal operations last week and is preparing its first shipment for November 14th, Minas…

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