Ten biggest producing surface mines in North America in 2020
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Ten biggest producing surface mines in North America in 2020

By Carmen 08 Sep 2021

Here are the ten largest surface mining projects by production in North America in 2020, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Morenci Mine

The Morenci Mine is a copper mining project in Arizona, United States. The brownfield project is owned by Freeport-McMoRan and is due to operate until 2044. The mine produced an estimated 207.937Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 445.4 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020.

2. Mont Wright Mine

The Mont Wright Mine is an iron ore mine owned by ArcelorMittal. Located in Quebec, Canada, the greenfield mine produced approximately 67Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 23.2 mtpa of iron ore in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2052.

3. North Antelope Rochelle Mine

Located in Wyoming, United States, the North Antelope Rochelle Mine is a coal mining project owned by Peabody Energy. The mine is expected to operate until 2040.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 59.965Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 59.965 mtpa of coal in the same year.

4. Black Thunder Mine

The Black Thunder Mine is a coal mine located in Wyoming, United States. Owned by Arch Resources, the greenfield project produced an estimated 59.909Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 45.53 mtpa of coal in 2020.

5. Highland Valley Copper Mine

Owned by Teck Resources, the Highland Valley Copper Mine is a copper mine situated in British Columbia, Canada. The mine is expected to operate until 2040.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 52.798Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 119.3 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020.

6. Sierrita Mine

The Sierrita Mine is a copper mining project in Arizona, United States. The brownfield project is owned by Freeport-McMoRan and is due to operate until 2080. The mine produced an estimated 39Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 80.73 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020.

7. Bagdad Mine

The Bagdad Mine is a copper mine owned by Freeport-McMoRan. Located in Arizona, United States, the brownfield mine produced approximately 33.496Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 97.976 thousand tonnes of copper in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2101.

8. Minntac Mine

Located in Minnesota, United States, the Minntac Mine is an iron ore mining project owned by United States Steel. The mine is expected to operate until 2031.

The greenfield mine produced an estimated 32.693Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 12.791 mtpa of iron ore in the same year.

9. Antelope Mine

The Antelope Mine is a coal mine located in Wyoming, United States. Owned by Navajo Transitional Energy, the greenfield project produced an estimated 27.811Mt of ROM in 2020.

The mine had an estimated production of 21.15 mtpa of coal in 2020. The Antelope Mine will operate until 2028.

10. MariGold Mine

Owned by SSR Mining, the MariGold Mine is a gold mine situated in Nevada, United States. The mine is expected to operate until 2030.

The ROM production at the mine produced was approximately 27.389Mt of ROM in 2020. It had an estimated production of 208.55 thousand ounces of gold in 2020.

Methodology:
This information is drawn from GlobalData’s mines and projects database, which tracks all operating and developing mines and projects globally. Verdict’s parent company GlobalData provides business information to 4,000 of the world’s largest companies.

Carmen

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