Barrick to get $1.5 billion for Chilean copper mine

Mining , 16 Mar 2015 19:22

(Minews) - Canada's Barrick Gold could raise more than US$1.5 billion for its Zaldivar copper mine in Chile if the miner goes ahead with alleged intentions to sale the asset in order to reduce leverage.

The gold miner, has become less focused on its copper assets and, according to the Sunday edition of The Financial Times, it is likely to entertain offers for Zaldivar, about 1,400km north of Santiago.

There are several potential buyers out there, as Chinese companies, private equity firms including Mick Davis’s X2 Resources, and even Teck Resources are all said to be on the hunt for copper assets.

Zaldivar, one of Barrick’s key assets, is located next to Escondida – the world’s largest copper mine.

Last year the open-pit operation produced 222 million pounds of copper and it is expected to yield 240-260 million this year.

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