Las Bambas

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Las Bambas is a large, long-life copper mine located in Cotabambas, Apurimac region of Peru.

Las Bambas is a joint venture project between the operator MMG (62.5%), a wholly owned subsidiary of Guoxin International Investment Co. Ltd (22.5%) and CITIC Metal Co. Ltd (15.0%).

In December 2015 Las Bambas achieved a significant milestone with the production of first copper concentrate as part of commissioning activities for the mine.  First shipment of copper concentrate to customers departed the Port of Matarani in January 2016.

Las Bambas completed construction in the first quarter of 2016, and continues to progressively ramp-up with commercial production achieved on 1 July 2016.  

Once in full production Las Bambas will be one of the world’s largest copper mines, with an annual nameplate throughput capacity of 51.1 million tonnes. Las Bambas produced 330,227* tonnes of copper in copper concentrate during 2016, and is expected to produce between 420,000 to 460,000 tonnes of copper in copper concentrate in 2017. The operation will position Peru as one of the top copper producers in the world and become a strong contributor to social investment and local employment in the region.

* 2016 copper in copper concentrate produced at Las Bambas includes production from commissioning and start up activities in December 2015.



Ore at Las Bambas is mined from an open pit. The ore is crushed and transported on a 5.5-kilometre overland conveyor to a conventional flotation plant where copper concentrate is produced, then to a molybdenum plant for further processing.

Product sales

Copper concentrate is transported by truck and rail to the Port of Matarani in Arequipa where it is shipped to customers worldwide.


Lima office

Av. El Derby 055, Edificio Cronos,
Torre 3, Piso 9, Surco, Lima 33, Perú


Key Facts


Cotabambas province, Apurimac region, Peru


Copper concentrate
(gold and silver by-products)
Molybdenum concentrate

Mining method

Open-pit mining

Processing method

Conventional copper concentrator

Estimated mine life

20+ years

Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves

View our Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves Statements

(full-time equivalent as at 31 December 2016)

9,134 employees and contractors


Product sales

Copper concentrate is transported by truck and rail to the Port of Matarani in Arequipa where it is shipped to customers worldwide




Commercial production achieved on schedule on 1 July 2016.

Shipment of first copper concentrate to customers.

Construction completed.


Production of first copper concentrate as part of commissioning activities.

Commissioning and commencement of production ramp up.


MMG Ltd, Guoxin International Investment Corporation. Limited and CITIC Metal Co., Ltd enter into an agreement to purchase the Las Bambas project from Glencore plc.

At the end of the year construction was 80% complete.


Glencore and Xstrata merge to form Glencore plc.
Made 65% progress on pioneering roads, 40% on concentrator plant.


Engineered roads and main components for the start-up of the future operation.
Began construction of concentrator plant.
Began construction of heavy haul roads.
Allocated more than 60% of the investment for construction.


The government approved the EIS after dialogue with surrounding communities.


Held public hearing for the EIS in Challhuahuacho, Cotabambas province, Apurímac region.
Signed contract with the government to transfer the Las Bambas mining concession titles, with an expected investment of more than US$5 billion.


Completed Feasibility Study.


Completed exploration of 306,908 accumulated drilled metres.


Xstrata Copper acquired the right to explore Las Bambas through an international public tender.

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