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June 3, 2022updated 16 Jun 2022 5:17am

World’s ten largest zinc mines in 2021

By Carmen

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

1. Ghazaouet Mine

The Ghazaouet Mine situated in Tlemcen, Algeria. Owned by Entreprise Nationale de Metallurgie & de Transformation des Metaux non Ferreux, Spa, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 874.6 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021.

2. Red Dog Mine

Located in Alaska, United States, the Red Dog Mine is owned by Teck Resources. The surface mine produced an estimated 500.1 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine will operate until 2032.

3. Antamina Mine

The Antamina Mine is a surface mine located in Ancash, Peru. Owned by Glencore Plc, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 429.9 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine will operate until 2028.

4. Rampura Agucha Mine

Owned by Vedanta Resources, the Rampura Agucha Mine is an underground mine situated in Rajasthan, India. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 395.6 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2027.

5. 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 329.8 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2029.

6. 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 279.6 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine will operate until 2038.

7. Bashkirskaya Med Mine

Located in Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia, the Bashkirskaya Med Mine is owned by Ural Mining and Metallurgical. The underground mine produced an estimated 250 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021.

8. Penasquito Mine

The Penasquito Mine is a surface mine located in Zacatecas, Mexico. Owned by Newmont, the greenfield mine produced an estimated 214.3 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine will operate until 2032.

9. San Cristobal Mine

Owned by Sumitomo, the San Cristobal Mine is a surface mine situated in Potosi, Bolivia. The greenfield mine produced an estimated 195.1 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The expected mine closure date is 2024.

10. Golden Grove Mine

The Golden Grove Mine is an underground mine situated in Western Australia, Australia. Owned by EMR Capital Group, the brownfield mine produced an estimated 192.2 thousand tonnes of zinc in 2021. The mine is expected to operate until 2031.

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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