(Corrects to nearly triple not double dividend, paragraph 1)
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) - Chilean miner Antofagasta on Tuesday reported a sharp rise in full-year earnings thanks to higher copper prices and said it would nearly triple its dividend.
Its 2017 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose 59 percent to $2.6 billion, the company said in a statement.
Antofagasta said it would raise its annual dividend by 177 percent to 50.9 cents per share.
Reporting by Peter Hobson, editing by Louise Heavens