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Bingham Canyon, Copper Mine, Utah, USA

Producer of

Copper, gold, silver, molybdenum


Utah, USA


Rio Tinto (100%) as Kennecott Utah Copper Corp.

Geology Type

Copper porphyry

Mineral Type

Copper sulphides

Reserve Base

524Mt grading 0.47% copper, 0.044% molybdenum, 0.25g/t gold and 2.08g/t silver

Annual Production

300,000t Cu, 500,000oz Au, 4.0Moz Ag and 25Mlb Mo

Refined metal: 217,900t Cu, 462,000oz Au and 4.15Moz Ag (2006)

Mining Method


Processing Method

Conventional crushing, grinding and flotation



Open Pit

Ingersoll-Rand, Bucyrus-Erie and P&H rotary drills

7 P&H 2800 and 3 P&H 4100 mining shovels

53 Caterpillar 793B and 793C trucks

9 Komatsu 830E trucks

1 Komatsu 930E-2 truck

2 Caterpillar 797 trucks

Modular Mining Systems truck despatching system

Thunderbird Pacific drill location and monitoring system

Krupp Fördertechnik in-pit crushing/conveying system


Outokumpu/Kennecott flash smelter

Monsanto sulphuric acid plant

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