United States

Chino Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
Commodities
  • Copper
  • Molybdenum
  • Gold
  • Silver
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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Mine Life2041
ShapshotChino mine is an open-pit copper mining complex. The Chino operation consists of a concentrator that produces copper concentrate, and a SX/EW plant that produces copper cathode from solution generated by ROM leaching.

Over the past three years, Chino has been operating at approximately 50% of capacity.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 100 % Indirect
Freeport-McMoRan Chino Mines Comp. (operator) 100 % Direct
Freeport-McMoRan owns 100% of the Chino mine through its wholly-owned subsidiary Freeport-McMoRan Chino Mines Company.

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Deposit type

  • Porphyry
  • Skarn

Summary:

The Chino mine is a porphyry copper deposit with adjacent copper skarn deposits. There is leachable oxide, secondary sulfide and millable primary sulfide mineralization. The predominant oxide copper mineral is chrysocolla. Chalcocite is the most important secondary copper sulfide mineral, and chalcopyrite and molybdenite the dominant primary sulfides.

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Mining Methods

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

In April 2020, operations at Chino were suspended in connection with revised operating plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first quarter 2021, Freeport-McMoRan restarted mining activities.
CommodityUnits2023202220212020201920182017
Copper M lbs 00000000000000173215
Molybdenum M lbs

Operational metrics

Metrics202320222021202020192018
Daily mining capacity 000000000000000000000000000000235,000 t
Daily milling capacity 000000000000000000000000036,000 t of ore (in concentrator)
Annual production capacity 000000000000000150 M lbs of copper cathode

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

Heavy Mobile Equipment

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EV - Electric

Personnel

Mine Management

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Total WorkforceYear
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