Chiles copper production in April was virtually
flat compared with the same month last year as larger volumes
from BHP Billiton Plcs Escondida Mine offset lower
production at state-owned Corporación Nacional del Cobre
de Chile (Codelco).
London-based BHPs Escondida Mine totaled 96,500 tonnes in
April, up 8.7 percent from a year earlier, while Codelcos
output fell by a similar percentage to 118,400 tonnes.
total copper production reached 442,700 tonnes (163,000 tonnes
of copper cathode and 279,700 tonnes of copper in concentrate),
down 0.3 percent from 443,900 tonnes in April 2012, according
to national copper commission Cochilco.
production decline was due to decreases in the companys
Chuquicamata y Radomiro Tomic and Minera Gaby divisions.
Radomiro Tomic, the Santiago-based companys largest
operation, saw output fall 23.8 percent to 50,000 tonnes while
production from the Minera Gaby operation fell 1.7 percent to
11,500 tonnes, more than offsetting a 9.4-percent increase to
34,800 tonnes at El Teniente and a 5.7-percent rise to 18,300
tonnes at Andina project.
Antofagasta Plcs Los Pelambres Mine saw output inch up
0.3 percent to 34,100 tonnes in April from 34,000 tonnes a year
earlier and Santiago-based Anglo American Sur SA reported a
9.5-percent increase in production to 37,700 tonnes, but
Collahuasi, owned by London-based Anglo American Plc (44
percent), Baar, Switzerland-based Glencore Xstrata Plc (44
percent) and other investors, reported a 37.8-percent decrease
in output to 18,100 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.