According to GlobalData, there are more than 696 copper mines in operation globally. GlobalData tracks and profiles over 33,000 mines and projects from early exploration to closure, across more than 150 countries and more than 100 commodities. Buy the latest mine-site profiles here.

The following are the ten largest copper mines by production across the world in 2022, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Escondida Mine

The Escondida Mine is a surface mine situated in Antofagasta, Chile. Owned by BHP, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 1.06 million tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2078. Buy the profile here.

2. Collahuasi Mine

Located in Tarapaca, Chile, the Collahuasi Mine is owned by Glencore Plc. The surface mine produced an estimated 589.28 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2108. Buy the profile here.

3. El Teniente Mine

The El Teniente Mine is a surface and underground mine located in Cachapoal, Chile. Owned by Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 456 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2072. Buy the profile here.

4. Cerro Verde Mine

Owned by Freeport-McMoRan, the Cerro Verde Mine is a surface mine situated in Arequipa, Peru. The brownfield mine produced an estimated 433.63 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2052. Buy the profile here.

5. Morenci Mine

The Morenci Mine is a surface mine situated in Arizona, United States. Owned by Freeport-McMoRan, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 400.67 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine is expected to operate until 2044. Buy the profile here.

6. Grasberg Block Cave Mine

The Grasberg Block Cave Mine is an underground mine situated in Papua, Indonesia. Owned by Mining Industry Indonesia, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 395.91 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2041. Buy the profile here.

7. Chuquicamata Mine

Located in Antofagasta, Chile, the Chuquicamata Mine is owned by Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile. The surface and underground mine produced an estimated 373.19 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2057. Buy the profile here.

8. Cobre Panama Project

The Cobre Panama Project is a surface mine located in Colon, Panama. Owned by First Quantum Minerals, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 345 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The mine will operate until 2055. Buy the profile here.

9. Kamoa-Kakula Project

Owned by Ivanhoe Mines, the Kamoa-Kakula Project is an underground mine situated in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 333.5 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. The expected mine closure date is 2055. Buy the profile here.

10. Buenavista del Cobre Mine

The Buenavista del Cobre Mine is a surface mine situated in Sonora, Mexico. Owned by Grupo Mexico Sde CV, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 331.5 thousand tonnes of copper in 2022. Buy the profile here.

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