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Copper

We are a significant copper producer in the Americas, with four operating copper mines and a strong pipeline of development projects in North and South America.

What We Make

Teck operates the Highland Valley Copper mine in British Columbia, Canada, the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in northern Chile and the Carmen de Andacollo copper mine in central Chile. We also have an interest in the Antamina copper/zinc mine in Peru; one of the world's largest base metal mines. In addition, Teck has a pipeline of copper projects in various stages of development.

Our customers can be confident in our ability to ensure a long-term, reliable supply of quality copper and molybdenum concentrates. Concentrate production is a process where the main metallic compounds of the mine’s ore are separated and 'concentrated'. This concentrated material is then sold to smelters for further refining. The marketing of base metal concentrates is a key element of Teck's business. Our concentrate sales span the globe.


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We produce copper cathode at our Carmen de Andacollo and Quebrada Blanca Operations in Chile. Both mines are open pit operations where ore is leached to produce copper cathodes via processing in SX-EW plants. Copper cathode production is trucked from the operations for shipment to purchasers.


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Teck's Copper Facts

4 The number

of operating copper mines in Canada and South America which we operate or have an interest in

21 The percentage

of our gross profit, before depreciation and amortization, in 2016 that was from copper

33.0 million tonnes

of contained copper in proven & probable reserves and measured & indicated resources

324K The amount

of copper in tonnes that we produced at our copper mines in 2016

Where We Make It

  • Antamina
    Antamina The Antamina mine is a large copper and zinc mine, located in the Andes mountain range of Peru.
  • Quebrada Blanca
    Quebrada Blanca Quebrada Blanca Operations is a copper mine located in northern Chile.
  • Carmen de Andacollo
    Carmen de Andacollo Carmen de Andacollo is a copper and gold mine located in central Chile.
  • Highland Valley Copper
    Highland Valley Copper Highland Valley Copper Operations is a copper and molybdenum operation located in south-central British Columbia.

Copper is...

an essential part of people’s lives. Today, copper is the material of choice for powering our modern world as a vital component in everything from power generation to hybrid vehicles to computers and smartphones.

Did you know?

​Continual improvements in the technology of data transmission over copper wire virtually guarantees that copper will remain the preferred medium for office networks in the foreseeable future. High data-transmission capability, convenience and security are just a few of copper’s benefits. Read more about copper through the Copper Alliance.
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Did You Know?

Copper is a powerful antimicrobial agent and an innovative solution to reducing the spread of infection in healthcare facilities. Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and cost the Canadian healthcare system more than $1 billion annually. We believe that we can contribute to innovation in healthcare systems by pursuing initiatives to scale up the use of copper to reduce HAIs and improve health.
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Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.