Chile's world's largest copper miner adds production


SANTIAGO, Aug 3 - Chile's Codelco, the world's largest copper miner, increased its production from 14.9% to 151,600 tonnes in June and by 6.8% so far this year, said Chile's state copper commission Cochilco on Tuesday.

BHP's Escondida, the world’s largest copper mine, saw production fall 21.6% year-on-year to 82,900 tonnes in the same month for an accumulative decrease of 14.9% in the first half of this year.

Escondida has reduced some operations since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and imposition of restrictions, including reducing cathode production, resulting in 11 straight months of declining production.

Meanwhile, at the Collahuasi Copper Mine - a joint venture between Glencore and Anglo American - production fell 7.7% year on year to 53,900 tonnes in June, giving an accumulation increase of 2.7% in the first six months of the year.

The country's total production was up 2.3% Year-on-Year in June to 477,300 tonnes, Cochilco said.