UPDATE 2-Peru miners push for bargains with contractors to weather slumping prices

Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:50pm EDT
 
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* Miners pushing for bargains from contract, supply companies

* Slumping commodity prices have hit miners globally

* Peru's Buenaventura cuts forecast 2015 silver output (Recasts; adds comment, detail)

AREQUIPA, Peru, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Mining companies in Peru are wringing bargains from contract and supply companies to weather slumping mineral prices, the head of the country's main mining association said Wednesday.

But competitive operating costs still put mines in Peru at a safe distance from possible closures, said Carlos Galvez, president of the National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy.

The reliance of supply and service companies on miners gives them little room to resist demands for slashed fees, Galvez said.

"Do you want to earn very little or do you want to lose everything?" Galvez said, summarizing the ultimatum more miners are making as metal prices slide.

"Because if I fail you run out of work," Galvez said on the sidelines of a mining conference.

Galvez, who is also vice president at Peruvian precious metals miner Buenaventura , said his company had recently cut spending on outsourced services and supplies.   Continued...