Canadian miner Lundin Mining has announced that it had returned to full production rates at its Chapada copper and gold mine in northern Brazil.

The Chapada open-pit copper-gold mine is located in Brazil’s north-west state of Goias. It is 270km north-west of the national capital of Brasilia.

The mine is owned and operated by Lundin Mining’s wholly owned subsidiary Mineração Maracá Indústria e Comércio.

Lundin Mining acquired the project from Yamana Gold in July last year. The company published a technical report for the Chapada mine in October 2019.

Production at the Chapada mine started in 2007, and full processing capacity was achieved at the mine after the final remaining repaired motor on the ball mill was installed on 20 December.

Lundin noted that production of both copper and gold have already achieved the lower bound of this year’s guidance range of 45,000t-50,000t of copper and 80,000oz-85,000oz of gold from Chapada.

In a press statement, Lundin Mining stated: “The processing plant achieved approximately 35% of nameplate capacity while operating only the SAG mill and throughput further improved mid-November with the installation of a single motor on the ball mill.

“Chapada is well-positioned to deliver 2021 guidance having used the opportunity to accelerate maintenance, build run of mine ore stockpile and advance waste removal and development activities.”

Based in Canada, Lundin Mining is a base metals mining company with operations in Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Sweden and the US. The company is primarily engaged in the production of copper, nickel and zinc.