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September 8, 2021

World’s ten largest lead mines in 2020

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest lead mines by production across the world in 2020, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Yinshan Mine

The Yinshan Mine is a surface mine situated in Jiangxi, China. Owned by Jiangxi Copper, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 322.616 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The mine will operate until 2069.

2. Mount Isa Zinc Mine

Located in Queensland, Australia, the Mount Isa Zinc Mine is owned by Glencore Plc. The surface and underground mine produced an estimated 161.9 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The mine will operate until 2029.

3. Castellanos Project

The Castellanos Project is a surface mine located in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Owned by GeoMinera, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 120.085 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The mine will operate until 2039.

4. Cannington Mine

Owned by South32, the Cannington Mine is an underground mine situated in Queensland, Australia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 110.4 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2031.

5. Red Dog Mine

The Red Dog Mine is a surface mine situated in Alaska, United States. Owned by Teck Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 97.5 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The mine is expected to operate until 2032.

6. Plovdiv Mine

The Plovdiv Mine is a surface mine situated in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Owned by KCM 2000 Group, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 93.945 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020.

7. Fankou Mine

Located in Guangdong, China, the Fankou Mine is owned by Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet. The underground mine produced an estimated 92.442 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The mine will operate until 2033.

8. Kardzhali Lead and Zinc Mine

The Kardzhali Lead and Zinc Mine is a surface mine located in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. Owned by Harmony 2012, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 92.241 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020.

9. Penasquito Mine

Owned by Newmont, the Penasquito Mine is a surface mine situated in Zacatecas, Mexico. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 81.193 thousand tonnes of lead in 2020. The expected mine closure date is 2032.

10. Sweetwater Mine

The Sweetwater Mine is an underground mine situated in Missouri, United States. Owned by The Renco Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 77.179 thousand tonnes of lead 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.

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