Japan’s Mitsui Mining and Smelting resumed its lead and zinc mining activity in Peru on July 2 after a hiatus of more than three months. The company restarted its mines at Huanzala and Palka in the Ancash region.
The mines have been inactive since March 16 after the implementation of COVID-19 related shutdowns in Peru.
According to media reports, operations have returned to pre-pandemic levels after approval from government officials. The company was preparing for this step since late June and the move is being accompanied by precautions to curb the spread of COVID-19 among the workers.
The mines produce ores of lead, zinc, and silver and have a combined production capacity of 1,600mt/day. The mining and export of metal concentrates play a big role in the Peruvian economy.