American Plcs second-quarter copper output rose 14
percent compared with a year earlier due to a strong
performance at almost all its projects and is on track to meet
its 2013 target.
companys second-quarter production of 182,900 tonnes of
copper was in line with expectations, with all businesses
except Mantoverde in Chile recording higher output.
Production at the
miners Collahuasi operation in Chile rose 25 percent to
37,700 tonnes on higher ore grades and recoveries despite a
planned 49-day shutdown of a semi-autogenous grinding (SAG)
mill for a motor replacement that was successfully completed in
May, the company said.
Copper output at Los
Bronces in Chile increased 13 percent to 101,700 tonnes, with
increased mill throughput partially offset by lower ore
sales in the second quarter rose 10 percent to 176,700
for 2013 is maintained at 680,000 tonnes against a backdrop of
continued caution around the operating performance recovery and
stability, particularly at Collahuasi," the company said.
second-quarter nickel production fell 22 percent to 8,500
tonnes due to the permanent cessation of production at Loma de
Níquel in Venezuela in November 2012.
This was partially
offset by higher production at Barro Alto in Brazil, where
output increased 13 percent to 6,100 tonnes in the second
quarter. Production at Barro Alto continues to ramp up but was
affected by a number of stoppages during the quarter. The
company expects the facility to produce between 20,000 and
25,000 tonnes of nickel in 2013.
sales fell 50 percent in the second quarter to 6,300
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.