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Copper availability - market economy countries. A minerals availability program appraisal.
Rosenkranz-RD; Boyle-EH Jr.; Porter-KE
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8930, 1983 Jan; :1-30
The Bureau of Mines has investigated the availability of copper from 272 deposits in market economy countries. The deposits studied have demonstrated resources totaling 413 million metric tons of contained copper and account for more than 90 pct of the reserve base for market economy countries. Using data gathered as part of its minerals availability program, the Bureau performed geologic, engineering, and economic evaluations in order to determine the copper production potential of each deposit. At the 1981 copper market price of $0.85/Lb, the deposits studied could economically produce an estimated 88 million metric tons of copper (allowing for profit computed at a 15-pct rate of return), primarily from mines operating at the time of the study (1981). At this price, producing mines in market economy countries could economically produce only 2.1 million metric tons of refined copper per year. However, actual 1981 production was 6.2 million metric tons, indicating that many mines continued to operate even though they were unable to cover all production costs. For U.S. producing mines, the estimated average cost of production per pound (including profit at a 15-pct rate of return) was $0.15 Higher than the average cost in other market economy countries.
Copper-ores-deposits; Copper; International-trade; Economic-analysis; Mills; Refining; Availability; Metals; Production-capacity; Prices
IH; Information Circular
NTIS Accession No.
Denver, CO: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8930
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