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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

33.0 million tonnes 

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

22 The percentage  

of our gross profit, before depreciation and amortization, in 2018 that was from copper

4 The number  

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

294K The amount  

of copper in tonnes that we produced at our copper mines in 2018

Where We Make It

Antamina

Antamina

The Antamina mine is a large copper and zinc mine, located in the Andes mountain range of Peru.

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Quebrada Blanca

Quebrada Blanca

Quebrada Blanca Operations is a copper mine located in northern Chile.

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Carmen de Andacollo

Carmen de Andacollo

Carmen de Andacollo is a copper and gold mine located in central Chile.

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Highland Valley Copper

Highland Valley Copper

Highland Valley Copper Operations is a copper and molybdenum operation located in south-central British Columbia.

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Copper is...

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?

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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Our Stories

  • Using Copper to Keep Employees Healthy at the Teck Vancouver Office Our People
  • Meet Victoria Sterritt, Superconnector Innovation and Technology
  • Safe Haven – Protecting Vulnerable Species in Chile Biodiversity
  • Finding Common Ground: Collaborating with Local Communities for Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 Community
  • Supporting SDG 13: Harnessing Solar Power at Quebrada Blanca Operations Energy
  • Community Engagement in Dust Control at Carmen de Andacollo Operations Air
  • Promoting Use of Antimicrobial Copper in Health Care Community
  • A Safe Distance: Improving Vehicle Safety at Highland Valley Copper Operations Our People
  • Reclamation Example:  From a Tailings Pond to a Trout Pond Water
  • Closure Example: Planning for Closure at Duck Pond Community
  • Reducing Healthcare Acquired Infection Rates at Hospitals with Antimicrobial Copper Community
  • Helping Chilean Communities Rebuild After Floods Community
  • Teck Partners with UN Women to Empower Indigenous Women in Chile Community
  • Reducing Energy Consumption with Bright Ideas Energy
  • Celebrating Sport and Community at Carmen de Andacollo Community
  • Working with Indigenous Communities at Highland Valley Copper Community
  • Using the Sun to Strengthen Communities in Chile Community
  • Promoting Gender Diversity Our People
  • Energy and Mining: An Uphill Battle Energy
  • Biosolids Assist Reclamation at Highland Valley Copper Materials Stewardship
  • Bluebird Watching at Highland Valley Copper Biodiversity
  • Engagement Builds Relationships in Chilean Communities Community
  • Improving Energy Efficiency at Highland Valley Copper Energy
  • Did You Know?

    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

    Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with business units focused on copper, zinc, steelmaking coal and energy.