Xstrata Copper's Antapaccay copper mine in southern Peru commenced production of commercial grade copper in concentrates at the beginning of November and has delivered its first shipment to Matarani Port for delivery to customers worldwide.

Plant commissioning activities continue as Antapaccay progressively ramps up to the nameplate processing capacity of 70,000 tonnes per day in the first half of 2013.

The mine will produce an average of 160,000 tonnes of copper in concentrate per annum, plus gold and silver by-products, in the initial years of production.

Issue Date: 27 Nov 2012