SÃO PAULO Miners
in Chile posted a 3.3-percent year-on-year increase in copper
production in November 2012 on larger volumes at BHP Billiton
Plcs Escondida, Anglo American Plcs Sur and
Antofagasta Plcs Los Pelambres projects.
Copper output from all mines
reached 479,100 tonnes in the month, up from 463,700 tonnes a
year earlier, according to Chiles copper commission,
In the January-to-November
period, output stood at 4.91 million tonnes of copper, compared
with 4.74 million tonnes in the same period in 2011.
Production at BHP
Billitons Escondida increased 32.7 percent year on year
in November to 94,900 tonnes. Anglo Americans Sur
reported a 16.2-percent increase in production to 34,300
tonnes, while Los Pelambres saw production rise by 7 percent
year on year to 39,700 tonnes in November.
Corporación Nacional del
Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the worlds biggest copper
producer, continued to report lower production. The Chilean
company reported a 6.3-percent fall in output over the same
period to 141,700 tonnes.
The fall was due to lower output
at two of the companys main projects, Chuquicamata y
Radomiro Tomic and El Teniente. Chuquicamata y Radomiro Tomic
reported an output of 61,200 tonnes in November 2012, against
70,600 tonnes in the same month of 2011.
Production at El Teniente fell
to 39,900 tonnes from 42,800 tonnes in November 2011.
Codelcos Andina and Minera
Gaby operations registered growth in output.
Production at Andina was up 5.3
percent to 21,800 tonnes, while Minera Gaby added 10.6 percent
to 12,500 tonnes in November 2012 compared with the same period
a year earlier.
Codelcos total copper
output for the January-to-November period stood at 1.47 million
tonnes, down from 1.55 million tonnes in the first 11 months of
Collahuasi, another major mine,
reported a 30.2-percent decrease in output in November 2012 to
22,600 tonnes. The mine is owned by a consortium consisting of
Anglo American (44 percent), Xstrata Plc (44 percent) and other
A version of this article was first published by AMM
sister publication Metal Bulletin.