China Minmetals unit MMG plans to invest as much as US$2.4bn this year to bring its US$7bn Las Bambas copper mine in Peru online by early next year.
Peru's exports fell 17.3% to US$5.38bn through the first two months of 2015 from US$6.50bn a year earlier, widening the trade deficit to US$582mn from US$88mn, according to the central bank.
Despite reports of kidnappings and intimidation, Canadian explorer Minaurum Gold says it has witnessed only a marginal worsening in security in the Guerrero gold belt, home to its Vuelcos del Destino project, and problems have not undermined miners' interest in the area.
BNamericas looks at the latest price downgrades on a commodity that has lost 65% of its value over the past 15 months.
BNamericas talks with sulfuric acid specialist Thierry Tran about the impact that new smelter emission standards in Chile and Peru will have on the region's sulfuric acid industry.