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Peru copper production drops 12.5% as COVID restrictions bite

Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry said on Monday that the country’s copper production in 2020 declined to 2.15 million tonnes, representing a 12.5% drop from 2019 output levels.

Pandemic-related restrictions limit production

The ministry reported that the Peruvian health authorities had ordered a significant reduction in staff in the country’s gold and copper mines between mid-March and May due to coronavirus-related restrictions. This, in turn, had resulted in a steep decline in the output for the Andean nation.

Gold, zinc production dips

COVID-related restrictions also obstructed the production of gold and zinc. The ministry reported that gold production in 2020 dropped 32% to 87.3 million fine grams, while zinc production dipped 5.3% to 1.33 million tonnes.  It may be noted that mining accounts for nearly 60% of the exports of Peru.

Written By Jonathan Norris
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