SHOWCASE MINE OF THE WEEK- ESCONDIDA COPPER MINE!!
Escondida copper mine located in the Atacama Desert, Chile, ranks as the third deepest open-pit operation. Escondida copper mining operation consists of two open-pit mines, namely Escondida pit and Escondida Norte pit. The Escondida pit is 3.9km long, 2.7km wide and 645m deep. The Escondida Norte pit is 525m deep. BHP Billiton is the operator of the mine with 57.5% interest. Rio Tinto holds 30% stake in the mine. Escondida is currently the world’s largest copper producing mine. It produced 1.1Mt of copper in the financial year ending June 2013, which accounts for about five percent of global copper production. Escondida’s recoverable copper reserve was estimated to be more than 32.6Mt as of December 2012 - Mining Technology. To view the mine in Google Earth, please click on the link below: https://lnkd.in/gnuqpz8