Peruvian copper production totaled 837,514 fine metric tons (TMF) from January to April this year, 15.7 percent more compared to the same period of 2022, the Ministry of Energy and Mines informed on Saturday.
The portfolio pointe out in its Mining Statistical Bulletin (BEM) that April’s production of 221,999 TMF contributed to the expansion of this period, which represented an increase of 30.5 percent compared to the same month of 2022.
Cerro Verde remained the largest producer of the red metal, followed by Minera Antamina and Southern Peru Copper, while by departments, Arequipa (south) held the first place with 18.7 percent and Ancash (center-west) the second with 16 percent.
Other metals that stood out for their growth in April were zinc, with 31.4 percent, as well as silver, lead, and iron, compared to the same month of the previous year.
The BEM highlighted that iron production in April was 1,138,235 TMF, 2.9 percent more compared to the same month of 2022, while silver registered in the fourth month an inter-annual increase of 249,655 fine kilograms (0.2 percent) and lead increased 23,009 TMF (9.1 percent).
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