SINAGPORE BHP Billiton
Plcs quarterly copper and aluminum production increased
from the first three months of last year, with output at the
companys Escondida copper mine in Chile rising
The London-based miners
copper production rose 9 percent year on year to 307,100 tonnes
for the quarter ended March 31, pushing the nine-month tally up
12 percent year on year to 876,200 tonnes.
Quarterly production at the
Escondida Mine rose 61 percent year on year, with the average
copper grade mined at the site also rising. BHP is on track to
increase production at the mine by at least 20 percent in
fiscal 2013, the company said.
Meanwhile, aluminum output for
the quarter rose 10 percent year on year to 304,000 tonnes as
the companys Hillside plant in South Africa returned to
full technical capacity. However, nine-month aluminum
production fell 4 percent year on year on declining production
at the Consórcio de Alumínio do Maranhão
(Alumar) refinery and smelter in Brazil.
Nickel production rose 1 percent
year on year to 42,100 tonnes during the quarter, with the
Nickel West smelter and refinery in Australia returning to full
capacity. However, nine-month nickel output fell 1 percent to