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Chinalco resumes copper mining in Peru

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BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Aluminum Corporation of China (Chinalco), the country's top producer of aluminum, announced Tuesday that its copper mining in Peru has resumed.

Chinalco halted its Toromocho Project in central Peru on March 28 after Peru's environmental protection agency ordered it to suspend copper mining activities until Chinalco stopped waste water spillover.

The mining giant immediately launched checks and found the spillover was caused by rainfall.

Chinalco solved the problem and upgraded the water management system in the mining project before April 10. Peru's authorities lifted the restrictions on Chinalco's copper mining activities in Toromocho Project after on-site inspections on April 11.

The company resumed the project with a goal to realize full production capacity in the third quarter of 2014 and provide China with 220,000 tons of copper concentrate every year, equal to 18 percent of the country's copper production.

Chinalco has been developing the Toromocho Project since 2008 in Peru, the world's second biggest copper producer.

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