NEW YORK Inmet Mining
Corp. expects copper production to increase in 2013 while zinc
Copper production should total
between 108,300 and 116,300 tonnes this year compared with
111,700 tonnes in 2012, while zinc production is expected to
land at 56,200 to 62,400 tonnes vs. 66,300 tonnes in the same
comparison, Inmet said.
The companys Las Cruces
Mine in Spain is forecast to produce between 68,500 to 72,000
tonnes of copper this year, up from 67,700 tonnes.
Las Cruces, which experienced a
60-percent production increase in 2012 over 2011, and
Inmets new forecast "allows for planned maintenance
downtime ... as we gradually introduce higher throughput
rates," the Toronto-based company said.
Copper production at
Inmets Cayeli Mine in Turkey is forecast at 27,800 to
30,900 tonnes in 2013, down from 31,400 tonnes last year. Zinc
production at the mine is expected to drop to 35,900 to 39,900
tonnes from 40,700 tonnes in the same comparison.
"Cayeli copper and zinc
production in 2012 were both above our original objectives, and
reflected higher-grade stopes in production as well as strong
throughput," Inmet said. "We expect zinc production in 2013 to
decline by roughly 10 percent as zinc grades trend more toward
reserve grade at Cayeli and Phyasalmi."