Carahuacra Norte Mine

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Mine TypeOpen Pit
StatusInactive / Suspended
  • Zinc
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • Silver
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
Production Start... Lock
SnapshotThe Carahuacra Norte pit is part of the Yauli operating unit.

The Carahuacra Norte pit has been inactive since 2018. Currently, studies are being conducted to ensure a future use as tailings deposit.
Related AssetYauli Operation


Glencore plc. 23.3 % Indirect
Volcan Compañía Minera S.A.A. is a subsidiary of Glencore AG, which is a subsidiary of Glencore Plc., owner of 63% of common class A voting shares and an economic interest of 23%, excluding treasury shares.

Volcan Compañía Minera S.A.A. and its subsidiary companies engaged in the mining sector operate the mining unit of Yauli, which includes the Carahuacra Norte open pit mine.

In Q4 2022, Glencore commenced a process to dispose of its 23.3% economic interest in Volcan, which is ongoing. As a result, the carrying amounts of Volcan assets and liabilities as at 31 December 2023 and 31 December 2022 are classified as held for sale.

Deposit type

  • Vein / narrow vein


The Carahuacra deposit lies on the southwest flank of the Yauli anticline, formed by Tertiary folding. Manto ore, formed before the climax of the Andean orogeny, consists mainly of ferroan sphalerite and pyrite, with negligible chalcopyrite. These were later brecciated tectonically to form two zones of 'breccia ore'. The last phase of mineralization involved formation of epithermal cross veins with sphalerite, pyrite, galena, tetrahedrite, and jamesonite, and irregular cementation of fragments in the breccia ore by sphalerite-galena and pyrite-marcasite. Supergene alteration, particularly pronounced in the breccia zone, has formed ore much enriched in silver (native silver, argentite, pyrargyrite).



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Mining Methods


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Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.



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Combined production numbers are reported under Yauli Operation

Operational metrics

Tonnes processed 44 kt105 kt273 kt369 kt
Daily ore mining rate

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

Heavy Mobile Equipment

Fleet data has not been reported.


Mine Management

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