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Cerro Verde Mine
Cerro Verde is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex with Freeport McMoRan being the major shareholder. The mine consists of two large open pits, the Cerro Verde pit and the Santa Rosa pit, located at 2,700 m elevation, 34 km south of Arequipa city, from which its 480 employees are bused to work.

It must really have been at one time a 'green mountain', to be called Cerro Verde in Spanish. But he name probably did not come from lush vegetation, but from a greenish tinge of the earth caused by all the oxidized copper in the ground.

Spaniards mined high-grade copper oxide ore from Cerro Verde and shipped it to Wales in the mid-1800s. Anaconda owned the property from 1916 until 1970, when the mine was acquired by the state. The government mined Cerro Verde’s oxide ores and built one of the world’s first SX/EW facilities in 1972. Cyprus Amax purchased the operation in 1994 and invested substantial capital in the property to upgrade and improve productivity. In the eight years after privatization, copper production increased by about 350% and costs were reduced by more than 40%.

Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
FCX is a leading international mining company with headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. FCX operates large, long-lived, geographically diverse assets with significant proven and probable reserves of copper, gold and molybdenum. FCX has a dynamic portfolio of operating, expansion and growth projects in the copper industry and is the world’s largest producer of molybdenum. Source:

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., (FMCG, NYSE: FCX) often called simply Freeport, is the world's lowest-cost copper producer and one of the world's largest producers of gold. It was formerly based in New Orleans, Louisiana but moved its headquarters to Phoenix, Arizona, after acquiring copper producer Phelps Dodge in 2007. In addition to Phelps Dodge, its subsidiaries include PT Freeport Indonesia, PT Irja Eastern Minerals and Atlantic Copper, S.A. Freeport is the largest publicly traded copper and molybdenum producer in the world. Source: Wikipedia, Freeport-McMoRan.


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