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The following are the ten largest surface and underground mining projects by production in North America in 2023, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. Kennecott Copper Project

The Kennecott Copper Project is a copper mining project in Utah, United States. The brownfield project is owned by Rio Tinto and is due to operate until 2040. The mine produced an estimated 34.506Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 169.3 thousand tonnes of copper in 2023. Buy the profile here.

2. Cortez Mine

The Cortez Mine is a gold mine owned by Barrick Gold. Located in Nevada, United States, the brownfield mine produced approximately 27.061Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 1 million ounces of gold in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2031. Buy the profile here.

3. Rainy River Gold Project

Located in Ontario, Canada, the Rainy River Gold Project is a gold mining project owned by New Gold. The mine is expected to operate until 2031.

The brownfield mine produced an estimated 13.26Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 232.12 thousand ounces of gold in the same year. Buy the profile here.

4. Carlin Mine

The Carlin Mine is a gold mine located in Nevada, United States. Owned by Barrick Gold, the brownfield project produced an estimated 12.154Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 1.6 million ounces of gold in 2023. The Carlin Mine will operate until 2032. Buy the profile here.

5. Mount Polley Mine

Owned by Imperial Metals, the Mount Polley Mine is a gold mine situated in British Columbia, Canada. The mine is expected to operate until 2031.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 6.083Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 41.83 thousand ounces of gold in 2023.

6. Meadowbank Complex

The Meadowbank Complex is a gold mining project in Nunavut, Canada. The brownfield project is owned by Agnico Eagle Mines and is due to operate until 2026. The mine produced an estimated 4.034Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 429.91 thousand ounces of gold in 2023. Buy the profile here.

7. Lac Des Iles Mine

The Lac Des Iles Mine is a palladium mine owned by Impala Platinum Holdings. Located in Ontario, Canada, the greenfield mine produced approximately 3.956Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 218.04 thousand ounces of palladium in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2031. Buy the profile here.

8. Ekati Diamond Mine

Located in Northwest Territories, Canada, the Ekati Diamond Mine is a diamond mining project owned by Burgundy Diamond Mines.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 3.864Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 4.9 million carats of diamond in the same year. Buy the profile here.

9. Porcupine Mine

The Porcupine Mine is a gold mine located in Ontario, Canada. Owned by Newmont, the brownfield project produced an estimated 3.627Mt of ROM in 2023.

The mine had an estimated production of 284.92 thousand ounces of gold in 2023. The Porcupine Mine will operate until 2035. Buy the profile here.

10. Haile Project

Owned by OceanaGold, the Haile Project is a gold mine situated in South Carolina, United States. The mine is expected to operate until 2033.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 3.479Mt of ROM in 2023. It had an estimated production of 181.1 thousand ounces of gold in 2023. Buy the profile here.

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