SMM News: BHP Billiton (BHP Group Ltd.) said on Wednesday that copper production in the fourth quarter was 444000 tons, up 6 per cent from the previous quarter.
BHP produced 1.689 million tons of copper in fiscal 2019, down 4 per cent from a year earlier, mainly due to lower output at the Escondida copper mine. Escondida is the largest copper mine in the world.
BHP Billiton said it produced 1.705 million to 1.82 million tons of copper in fiscal 2020.
BHP's coking coal production fell 1 per cent to 42 million tons in fiscal 2019, compared with a 20 per cent increase of 12 million tons in the fourth quarter.
BHP Billiton said nickel production fell 6 per cent to 87000 tons in fiscal 2019, while nickel production jumped 49 per cent to 29000 tons in the fourth quarter.