The pit at First Quantum’s
Guelb Moghrein mine
in Mauritania
Vancouver, Canada — 18 July 2012 – African-focused and Canadian-based mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals Limited has suspended operations at its Guelb Moghrein copper and gold mine in Mauritania due to a strike by some of its unionised workers.

The Canadian-based company announced yesterday that it was working through a government mediation process to try to resolve the job action, which it said was illegal.

Reuters quoted the local mayor as saying that on Sunday one person had been killed in clashes between Mauritanian security forces and demonstrators outside the mine.

Workers at Guelb Moghrein, located about 250km north-east of Mauritania’s capital, Noakchott, have been protesting for days over pay and conditions. It was not immediately clear how many workers were on strike.

The mine, owned by First Quantum subsidiary Mauritanian Copper Mines, produced 35,281t of copper in concentrate in 2011 and 62,938oz of gold.

Shares of First Quantum, which operates mines in Mauritania, Zambia and Australia, fell 1.71% to C$16.68 on yesterday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Source: Reuters Africa. For more information, click here.