SÃO PAULO Miners
in Chile produced 464,300 tonnes of copper in September, up 6
percent from 438,100 tonnes in the same month last year,
pushing the year-to-date output to 3.96 million tonnes vs. 3.8
million tonnes in the first nine months of 2011.
Production by BHP Billiton
Plcs Escondida jumped 48 percent to 103,900 tonnes in
September and Anglo American Sur SAs output soared 85
percent to 36,200 tonnes, according to Chiles copper
But Corporación Nacional
del Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the worlds biggest copper
producer, saw production fall 6.7 percent to 138,900 tonnes due
to a 14.9-percent decline to 65,000 tonnes at two of the
companys main projects, Chuquicamata y Radomiro Tomic and
El Teniente, although production by Codelcos Andina
operation rose 3 percent to 21,300 tonnes.
Los Pelambres, controlled by
Antofagasta Plc, posted a 10-percent decrease to 31,600 tonnes
in September, while production at Collahuasi, owned by Anglo
American Plc (44 percent), Xstrata Plc (44 percent) and other
investors, fell 43.5 percent to 19,800 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.