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The following are the ten largest lead mines by production across the world in 2023, according to GlobalData’s mining database.

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1. 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 102.06 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine will operate until 2029. Buy the profile here.

2. Cannington Mine

Located in Queensland, Australia, the Cannington Mine is owned by South32. The underground mine produced an estimated 101.7 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine will operate until 2029. Buy the profile here.

3. Uchalinsk Mine

The Uchalinsk Mine is a surface and underground mine located in Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. Owned by Ural Mining and Metallurgical, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 99.23 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. Buy the profile here.

4. Mount Isa Zinc Mine

Owned by Glencore Plc, the Mount Isa Zinc Mine is a surface and underground mine situated in Queensland, Australia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 96.7 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2036. Buy the profile here.

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 90.67 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine is expected to operate until 2031. Buy the profile here.

6. Zawar Mine

The Zawar Mine is an underground mine situated in Rajasthan, India. Owned by Vedanta Resources, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 62.56 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine will operate until 2031. Buy the profile here.

7. Penasquito Mine

Located in Zacatecas, Mexico, the Penasquito Mine is owned by Newmont. The surface mine produced an estimated 53.98 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine will operate until 2032. Buy the profile here.

8. Sweetwater Mine

The Sweetwater Mine is an underground mine located in Missouri, United States. Owned by The Renco Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 53.86 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. Buy the profile here.

9. San Cristobal Mine

Owned by San Cristobal Mining, the San Cristobal Mine is a surface mine situated in Potosi, Bolivia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 51.88 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The expected mine closure date is 2030. Buy the profile here.

10. McArthur River Mine (Zinc)

The McArthur River Mine (Zinc) is a surface mine situated in Northern Territory, Australia. Owned by Glencore Plc, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 50.4 thousand tonnes of lead in 2023. The mine is expected to operate until 2040. Buy the profile here.

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