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June 3, 2022updated 13 Jun 2022 8:08am

World’s ten largest lead mines in 2021

By Carmen

Here are the ten largest lead mines by production across the world in 2021, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

1. Mount Isa Zinc Mine

The Mount Isa Zinc Mine is a surface and underground mine situated in Queensland, Australia. Owned by Glencore Plc, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 132.9 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine will operate until 2029.

2. Castellanos Project

Located in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, the Castellanos Project is owned by GeoMinera. The surface mine produced an estimated 122.4 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine will operate until 2039.

3. Cannington Mine

The Cannington Mine is an underground mine located in Queensland, Australia. Owned by South32, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 114 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine will operate until 2031.

4. Plovdiv Mine

Owned by KCM 2000 Group, the Plovdiv Mine is a surface mine situated in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 94 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021.

5. Fankou Mine

The Fankou Mine is an underground mine situated in Guangdong, China. Owned by Shenzhen Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 93.1 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2033.

6. Kardzhali Lead and Zinc Mine

The Kardzhali Lead and Zinc Mine is a surface mine situated in Kardzhali, Bulgaria. Owned by Harmony 2012,, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 92.8 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021.

7. Red Dog Mine

Located in Alaska, United States, the Red Dog Mine is owned by Teck Resources. The surface mine produced an estimated 90 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine will operate until 2032.

8. Penasquito Mine

The Penasquito Mine is a surface mine located in Zacatecas, Mexico. Owned by Newmont, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 77.1 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine will operate until 2032.

9. Uchalinsk Mine

Owned by Ural Mining and Metallurgical, the Uchalinsk Mine is a surface and underground mine situated in Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 75.6 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021.

10. Sindesar Khurd Mine

The Sindesar Khurd Mine is an underground mine situated in Rajasthan, India. Owned by Vedanta Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 56 thousand tonnes of lead in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2030.

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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