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Freeport McMoRan's Indonesia Mine Recovers from 1st Quarter Problems

By Tatyana Shumsky NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCX) Indonesia operations are approaching "normal" levels after a first quarter marked by labor disruptions, chief executive Richard Adkerson said on the company's second-quarter earnings conference call. Labor unrest at the world's third-largest open-pit copper mine, Grasberg in Indonesia, took a toll on Freeport's profitability earlier this year. A shut-down from late February to mid-March saw the company lose about 80 million pounds of copper and around 125,000 ounces of gold production, cutting first-quarter earnings by 49%. However, operations at the open pit mine are returning to "normal" levels, Mr. Adkerson said. "Our relationships with our workforce has improved significantly," he said, adding that the company has "made further progress to improve productivity." "We are now in sight of completion of our mining in the pit," he said, adding that the company is set to complete open pit mining at Grasberg in 2016, moving operations underground thereafter. The Grasberg disruptions have raised Freeport's company-wide copper-mining costs by about 30 cents a pound, Mr. Adkerson said. The cost of getting a pound of copper out of the ground, excluding company-wide costs like overhead and depreciation, are now seen at $1.47 a pound in 2012. This is up from previous forecasts of $1.43. Freeport continues to work "cooperatively" with the Indonesian government on the review of the company's contract of work agreement and on extending that contract to 2041 from 2021, Mr. Adkerson said. He declined further details of the talks, as discussions are ongoing. -By Tatyana Shumsky, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-3095; tatyana.shumsky@dowjones.com Order free Annual Report for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. Visit http://djnweurope.ar.wilink.com/?ticker=US35671D8570 or call +44 (0)208 391 6028 Subscribe to WSJ: http://online.wsj.com?mod=djnwires

Stock News for Freeport Mcmoran (FCX)
DateTimeHeadline
03/30/201706:48:00Copper Pulls Back as Supply Issues Wane
03/22/201701:29:00Freeport Indonesia Resumes Copper Concentrate Production, But...
03/21/201714:47:00Metals: Copper Falls as Supply Concerns Diminish
03/21/201711:40:00Correction to Freeport Indonesia Story (on March 18)
03/21/201708:09:00Copper Falls as Supply Concerns Diminish
03/18/201707:29:00Freeport's Dispute With Indonesia Is Hitting Output From Giant...
03/13/201716:10:00Metals: Weaker Dollar and Mine Strikes Lift Copper
03/13/201708:25:00Metals Advance Ahead of U.S. Rates Decision
03/02/201707:06:00Metals Pull Back as Dollar Climbs
02/28/201707:17:00Copper Pulls Back Ahead of Trump's Address
02/27/201706:52:00Copper Gains as Supply Tightens
02/24/201713:13:22Annual Report (10-k)
02/24/201706:40:00Copper Gains on Weak Dollar, Supply Worries
02/23/201707:09:00Copper Falls on Weak Demand
02/22/201706:25:00Copper Pulls Back Ahead of Fed Minutes
02/21/201706:57:17Current Report Filing (8-k)
02/21/201706:24:00Copper Pulls Back as Dollar Strengthens
02/20/201711:28:00Freeport-McMoRan Won't Accept Terms of Indonesia's Permit Deal...
02/20/201711:04:00Freeport-McMoRan Won't Accept Terms of Indonesia's Permit Deal...
02/20/201710:52:00Freeport-McMoRan Refuses Indonesia's Permit Deal

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