SINGAPORE Glencore Xstrata Plc reported a 20 percent
rise in copper output from its own mines in the first half of
2013, driven by an increase in African production.
Own-sourced copper production for the six months ended June 30
was 673,400 tonnes, the company said Aug. 14 in its first
half-year production report since commodities group Glencore
International Plcs takeover of global miner Xstrata Plc
African copper production rose 42 percent year on year to
171,500 tonnes on increased production at its Katanga and
Mutanda mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The groups share of copper production at Collahuasi in
Chile was 67,200 tonnes, a 5 percent increase compared to the
first half of 2012, while its share of copper production at
Antamina in Peru declined 9 percent to 62,200 tonnes in the
same comparison due to planned lower copper head grades and
Production in Asia and Australia totaled 127,600 tonnes of
own-sourced copper, a 29 percent year-on-year increase, with
improvements at all operations.
The companys total zinc output using feed from own
sources fell 3 percent year on year in the first half of 2013
to 729,500 tonnes.
Healthy growth in Australia, up 7 percent year on year to
298,400 tonnes of zinc, and the recently acquired Rosh Pinah
operation, largely offset declines from its Brunswick and
Perseverance operations in North America as they reached the
end of their mine lives.
Lead output using feed from own sources fell 5 percent year on
year to 153,200 tonnes in the quarter, while nickel output rose
1 percent in the same comparison to 54,600 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published in AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin.