SÃO PAULO, Brazil
Perus copper, lead and molybdenum output increased
year-on-year in May, but its production of zinc, gold, silver
and tin fell, according to the countrys energy and mining
Copper output rose 8.4 percent
to 106,953 tonnes in May, mainly due to a 54.7-percent increase
in production at Empresa Minera Los Quenuales SA and a
44.4-percent rise at Compañia Minera Antamina SA, both
of Lima, Peru.
Lima-based Sociedad Minera El
Brocal SAA and Zug, Switzerland-based Xstrata Plcs
Tintaya Mine, by contrast, posted decreases in copper output of
76.4 percent and 58.4 percent, respectively.
Lead production volumes rose 2.1
percent on the month to 20,410 tonnes.
The hike was largely due to big
jumps in output at Catalina Huanca Sociedad Minera SAC,
Compañía de Minas Buenaventura SAA and Empresa
Administradora Cerro SAC, all of Lima. However, output at
Compañia Minera Santa Luisa SA, also based in Lima, fell
Peruvian molybdenum production
rose 18.9 percent in May to 1,548 tonnes.
Zinc production dropped 13.7
percent to 104,550 tonnes on a 39.4-percent decrease in Minera
Gold output fell 0.6 percent to
14.2 million fine grams.
Silver was down by 1.3 percent
to 291,458 fine kilograms.
As for tin, San Isidro-based Minsur SA, the only producer in
Peru, saw a 0.5-percent decrease in output to 2,170 tonnes.