A Chinese consortium has paid top dollar for Glencore’s Las Bambas copper mine in Peru. The price of 4.3 billion euros was towards the high end of analysts’ forecasts.
The sale was forced on Glencore by government competition regulators as the price to pay for its takeover of Xstrata, as Beijing feared that would give the miner an over-dominant position in the copper market.
The Peruvian mine is due to start production in 2015 at a rate of more than 450,000 tonnes a year for the first five years. The deal includes China picking up the remaining development costs.