Canadian mining firm Pan American Silver on Monday joined a list of companies that have slashed operations in Mexico because of violent crime, citing ‘security incidents’ near a mine in the northern state of Chihuahua.
The company ‘has initiated steps to reduce certain activities at its Dolores mine in Mexico following recent security incidents along the access roads being used to transport personnel and materials to and from’ the mine, it said in a statement.
It did not give details on the incidents.
The Vancouver-based company said it was working with state and federal authorities in Mexico to guarantee security around the mine.
Chihuahua authorities said last week they had launched a special security operation in the area, and Governor Javier Corral said he had offered the company a permanent security deployment, including army forces.
The Dolores mine produced 1.2 million ounces of silver in the first quarter of 2018, 19 percent of Pan American Silver’s output.
The company has two other mines in Mexico, and also has operations in the United States, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Mexico is struggling to deal with a wave of violent crime linked to its powerful drug cartels.
Several companies have recently cut back operations in the country for security reasons.
Last week, dairy firm Lala suspended operations at a distribution center in the northern state of Tamaulipas, and miner Grupo Mexico reported several attacks on its cargo trains.
In March, the largest franchise Coca-Cola bottler in the world, Coca-Cola Femsa, closed a distribution center in the southern state of Guerrero because of ‘the absence of law and the prevalence of impunity’ in the region.