SÃO PAULO Miners
in Chile posted a 10.1-percent year-on-year increase in copper
production in January on larger volumes at BHP Billiton
Plcs Escondida, Anglo American Plcs Sur and
Antofagasta Plcs Los Pelambres projects.
Copper output from all mines
reached 474,400 tonnes during the month, up from 431,000 tonnes
in the same period a year earlier, according to Chilean copper
Production at BHP
Billitons Escondida increased 51.1 percent year on year
in January to 114,400 tonnes, Antofagastas Los Pelambres
saw production rise 13.7 percent to 39,900 tonnes and Anglo
Americans Sur reported a 13.1-percent increase in
production to 37,200 tonnes in the same comparison.
Corporación Nacional del
Cobre de Chile (Codelco), the worlds biggest copper
producer, reported output of 120,000 tonnes during the month,
up 1.4 percent from January 2012. However, output at Codelco
was down 29.6 percent compared with December.
Chuquicamata y Radomiro Tomic,
the companys largest project, posted a 22.4-percent
year-on-year increase in January production to 64,000
The Chilean company reported
lower output at its El Teniente project, where production fell
23.2 percent year on year to 22,900 tonnes.
Codelcos Andina and Minera
Gaby operations also registered lower output in January
compared with the same month last year. Production at Andina
fell 9.5 percent to 19,100 tonnes, while Minera Gaby posted a
5.7-percent drop to 10,000 tonnes.
Collahuasi, another major mine,
reported output of to 22,200 tonnes in January, down 30.8
percent vs. December. The mine is owned by a consortium
consisting of Anglo American (44 percent), Xstrata Plc (44
percent) and other investors.
A version of this article was
first published by AMM sister publication Metal