March 15, 2010 / 11:48 AM / in 8 years

UPDATE 1-Freeport's Candelaria restarts after power outage

* Candelaria was hurt by Chilean power outage

* Says production has begun to ramp up again

TORONTO, March 15 (Reuters) - Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc (FCX.N) said on Monday its Candelaria mine in Chile was affected by a major blackout that left most of Chile without power on Sunday, but the impact to production is expected to be minimal.

A spokesman for the company said the mine was without power for about three hours on Sunday, but production has begun to ramp up again as power supply was being restored.

Most of Chile was left without power on Sunday evening after a transformer failed in the central electricity grid, two weeks after an earthquake killed hundreds and damaged the main power grid. [ID:nN15167496] [ID:nN14147794]

Candelaria, with annual output of 185,000 tonnes, is located northeast of Santiago. (Reporting by Euan Rocha; Editing by Derek Caney)

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