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MMG to declare force majeure on copper shipments from Las Bambas mine

MMG Ltd. said March 26 that it will declare force majeure under sales contracts for copper produced at the Las Bambas mine in Peru after protests by the local Fuerabamba community is expected to "progressively impact" production.

Protests made by the local community near the entrance of the mine is now disrupting the transport of personnel, as well as inbound and outbound logistics of the operation, the Chinese miner said.

Earlier this month, MMG flagged possible shipment delays if a road blockade near the Las Bambas mine continues. The Fuerabamba community claimed the miner built the road on its farmland without consultation, and the government illegally turned it into a state highway.

In a same-day report, the Fuerabamba community in Peru vowed not to participate in negotiations aimed at ending a road blockade at Las Bambas following the arrest of its president and its lawyers over allegations of extortion, Reuters reported, citing Edison Vargas, the community's vice president.