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Chile: copper mine production 2009-2019

In 2019, Chile's copper mine production amounted to an estimated 5.6 million metric tons of metal content, representing 28 percent of the global production that year. In comparison to the previous year, this represents a decrease of approximately four percent in output.

Global and domestic positioning

Chile can be considered in several aspects the most important player in the global copper mining sector. In addition to housing the largest reserves worldwide, the Andean country is by far the largest copper producer, with an output surpassing that of the following three countries combined. In the domestic context, copper exports represented nearly 90 percent of the Chilean mining export value in 2019.

Leading players

Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile, commonly known as Codelco, is a Chilean state-owned company headquartered in Santiago. Established in 1976, Codelco is the leading mining company in the country, in terms of both revenue and copper output. Other leaders in the Chilean copper segment are Minera Escondida (controlled by Australian company BHP Billiton), which operates the largest copper mine in the world, and Collahuasi, which has British Anglo American and Swiss-based Glencore as its main shareholders.

Chile's copper mine production from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Estimated.
This statistic was assembled using several editions of the report.

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