Largest Copper Mines in Chile – April 2020 Update

In April 2020, Chile increased copper production by 2.6% over April 2019. Codelco’s output rose 2.8%.

During April 2020, despite a mandated Covid-19 shutdowns, Chile’s copper industry has managed to ramp-up production by 2.6%, from 458,600 tonnes in April 2019 to 470,600 tonnes in April 2020.

The country has largely maintained operational capacity despite the coronavirus outbreak but the value of exports has been hit by the plummeting global copper price and sunken demand at the virus epicentre, China.

Production at Codelco – the world’s largest copper mining company – rose 2.8% year over year in April to 133,300 tonnes.

BHP’s Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, produced 102,600 tonnes, a rise of 11.4% on the same month the previous year.

The world’s second biggest Collahuasi copper mine, a joint venture between Anglo American Plc and Glencore, also saw its April production jumped 45.8% over 2019 to 54,100.

Third-largest Codelco’s El Teniente mine keeps moving up in the ranking thanks to a 5.5% increase in copper production achieved in April.

Antofagasta’s Los Pelambres mine is fourth with 31,200 tonnes of copper produced in April 2020, a 6.3% decline year-over-year.

Another Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine sits fifth with 30,400 tonnes of copper mined in April 2020, a 8.2% increase y-o-y.

The complete list is below.

Largest Copper Mines in Chile – April 2020

Chilean Copper Mine Production, ktApr-20Apr-19% change
El Teniente36.634.75.5
Los Pelambres31.233.3-6.3
Chuquicamata 30.428.18.2
Anglo American Sur28.435.2-19.3
Radomiro Tomic20.521.7-5.5
Centinela (Sulfides)11.115.3-27.5
Sierra Gorda10.98.429.8
Ministro Hales10.112.2-17.2
Centinela (Oxides)7.96.423.4
Mantos Copper6.57.0-7.1
El Abra6.16.7-9.0
Lomas Bayas6.16.6-7.6
Cerro Colorado5.38.1-34.6
Quebrada Blanca1.21.9-36.8
Other mines19.520.1-3.0
Total Chile470.6458.62.6

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