Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
“It is not true that Yanacocha have interest to go”, said Minister of Energy and Mines in conference. The reduction of the mine workers, as reported by a local newspaper, it would be a relocation.
Diario Gestion, Monday, June 10, 2013
The Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino, explained that the Conga project will go ahead and that the suspension of its operations and downsizing – reported by the newspaper La República (see previous post) -does not mean the withdrawal of the Yanacocha mine, formed by Buenaventura, Newmont mining and IFC.
Merino said adjustments are being made in Yanacocha and Conga. The reduction of 50 workers is a relocation, “because there will be new kinds of jobs with new employees, on a rotating basis.” “I deny that there is a position [by Yanacocha] to leave,” the minister added.
“On Friday I talked with officials of Newmont and the project goes forward. As the construction [of the dam] Chailluagón has been completed, the contract of a number of workers has finished, but they will be relocated” he explained.
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