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Chile's copper production increased 7.3 %

A copper mine in Chile.  Foto: Creative Commons, JacquieS
A copper mine in Chile. Foto: Creative Commons, JacquieS
Published by
Markku Björkman - 09 Nov 2018

Chile's copper production increased from January to September this year 7.3 per cent from a year earlier, boosted by a sharp increase in production at BHP's Escondida copper mine, reports Reuters.

Chile, the world's top copper exporter, produced 4.25 million tonnes of copper in the first nine months of 2018.

Escondida, in northern Chile, produced 950,900 tonnes through September, up 57.8 per cent from the same period in 2017, when a strike shut down the mine for more than 40 days.

Production from state-run miner Codelco's deposits reached 1.29 million tonnes between January and September, a drop of 2 per cent, with downturns at almost all its facilities.

The country's second-largest mine by output — Collahuasi, owned by Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc — ramped up production by 5.8 per cent to 401,800 tonnes.

The property lies in the famous Cobalt province and is approximately 47 km south of the town of Cobalt. The picture shows an old mine in the town of Cobalt. In the early 1900s, the area was heavily mined for silver; the silver ore also contained cobalt. By 1910, the community was the fourth highest producer of silver in the world. Mining declined significantly by the 1930s, together with the local population. In late 2017 one publication referred to Cobalt as a ghost town, but the high demand for cobalt, used in making batteries for mobile devices and electric vehicles, is leading to great interest in the area among mining companies. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: P199
The property lies in the famous Cobalt province and is approximately 47 km south of the town of Cobalt. The picture shows an old mine in the town of Cobalt. In the early 1900s, the area was heavily mined for silver; the silver ore also contained cobalt. By 1910, the community was the fourth highest producer of silver in the world. Mining declined significantly by the 1930s, together with the local population. In late 2017 one publication referred to Cobalt as a ghost town, but the high demand for cobalt, used in making batteries for mobile devices and electric vehicles, is leading to great interest in the area among mining companies. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: P199

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