United States

Climax Mine

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Overview

Mine TypeOpen Pit
Commodities
  • Molybdenum
Mining Method
  • Truck & Shovel / Loader
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ShapshotClimax is the largest known deposit of molybdenum in the world.

Over the past three years, Climax has been operating at approximately 75% of capacity.

Owners

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CompanyInterestOwnership
Freeport-McMoRan Inc. 100 % Indirect
Climax Molybdenum Company (operator) 100 % Direct
Freeport-McMoRan owns 100% of Climax mine through its wholly-owned subsidiary Climax Molybdenum Company.

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Deposit type

  • Porphyry

Summary:

The Climax ore body is a porphyry molybdenum deposit, with molybdenite as the primary sulfide mineral. Many intersecting small veins of molybdenite form a stockwork in an altered quartz monzonite porphyry. It's a low-grade ore deposit is, but the ore bodies are very large. The rocks of the Climax are alkaline felsic intrusives, which range from porphyritic alkaline rhyolite to alkaline aplite to porphyritic alkaline granite.

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Comminution

Crushers and Mills

Milling equipment has not been reported.

Processing

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Production

CommodityUnits202320222021202020192018201720162015
Molybdenum M lbs  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe1721201623
All production numbers are expressed as metal in concentrate.

Operational metrics

Metrics202320222021202020192018201720162015
Daily mining capacity  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe90,000 t90,000 t90,000 t90,000 t90,000 t
Daily milling capacity  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe25,000 t25,000 t25,000 t25,000 t25,000 t
Annual production capacity  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe  ....  Subscribe30 M lbs of molybdenum metal in concentrate30 M lbs of molybdenum metal in concentrate30 M lbs of molybdenum metal in concentrate30 M lbs of molybdenum metal in concentrate30 M lbs of molybdenum metal in concentrate

Production Costs

Commodity production costs have not been reported.

Heavy Mobile Equipment

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Personnel

Mine Management

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