SÃO PAULO Chile
saw a 7.7-percent year-on-year increase in copper production in
the first quarter of 2013 on larger volumes at
Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (Codelco) and
BHP Billiton Plcs Escondida and Antofagasta Plcs
Los Pelambres projects.
The countrys copper output
reached 1.37 million tonnes in the quarter, up from 1.27
million tonnes in the first quarter of 2012, according to
Chilean copper commission Cochilco.
The country produced 492,000
tonnes of copper cathode and 885,300 tonnes of
Codelco, the worlds
biggest copper producer, reported a 3.2-percent year-on-year
rise in output for January to March 2013, with production at
305,500 tonnes in the quarter.
Chuquicamata y Radomiro Tomic,
the companys largest project, posted a 10.2-percent
year-on-year increase in the first quarter of 2013 at 183,400
The company also reported an
increase in output at its El Teniente project, where production
was up by 1.6 percent year on year to 98,000 tonnes.
Meanwhile, production at
Codelcos Andina project was down 6.1 percent year on year
to 58,200 tonnes, while its Minera Gaby project posted a
6.6-percent year-on-year fall to 32,300 tonnes in the first
quarter of 2013.
Output at the BHP
Billiton-controlled Escondida increased 27.2 percent year on
year in the first quarter to 305,500 tonnes.
Antofagastas Los Pelambres
saw output up 5.5 percent year on year to 104,700 tonnes in the
Anglo American Sur SA reported a
7.6-percent increase in production to 113,500 tonnes.
Collahuasi, another major mine,
reported a 12.8-percent decrease in output in the first quarter
of the year to 66,900 tonnes. The mine is owned by a consortium
consisting of Anglo American Plc (44 percent), Xstrata Plc (44
percent) and other investors.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.