The Chilean state miner also expects before tax earnings at US$2.8bn and total profit of over US$500mn.
French Tractebel didn't want to certify the Brazilian miner's dam, so Vale hired Germany's Tüv Süd to do the job.
FDI in the metallic mining industry increases in 2018 despite outflows in the final quarter.
Mexico-focused silver, gold, lead, zinc and copper producers issue 2018 financial results.
Companies issue financing, asset acquisition and appointment updates relating to gold and copper projects in Colombia and Mexico.
Environmental groups claim before Valdivia's environmental court in southern Chile that the paleobotanical aspects of the Loreto formation were not analyzed correctly.
Companies operating in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru published results from their exploration programs.
The president also scratched a previously announced public consultation on Invecture Group's Mexican Los Cardones gold project.