SHOWCASE COPPER MINE OF THE WEEK - ANDINA!!
Located 80km north-east of Santiago in northern Chile, the Andina copper mine is the fourth biggest copper mine in the world by reserve. The mine was estimated to contain 18.8Mt of fine copper (2,551Mt of ore grading 0.74% copper) at the beginning of 2013. Andina is owned and operated by Chile’s state-owned Codelco (Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile), the largest copper producing company in the world. The copper deposit was discovered in 1920 and mining operations began in 1970. The Andina mining operation consists of Río Blanco underground mine and the Sur open pit mine exploiting the Río Blanco deposit. The mine produced 249,861t of fine copper and molybdenum in 2012 - Mining Technology.
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