Base Metals Mining in Chile to 2020 – a Focus on the Copper Industry

Chile’s copper mine production in 2013 was 5.8 million tonnes (Mt), with the majority originating from the Antofagasta region. Copper mine production is projected to increase over the forecast period, with commencements of new projects and expansions at existing mines. The country’s copper mining industry is mostly export-oriented, and domestic consumption is very low.

Scope

The report contains an overview of Chile's copper mining industry together with the key growth factors and restraints affecting the industry. It also provides information about reserves, production, consumption, prices, trade, the competitive landscape and major active, exploration and development projects.

Key Highlights

• The mining industry is the mainstay of the Chilean economy, with copper being the most important commodity. Significant investments worth US$112.5 billion, of which copper mining accounts for 30 projects, valued at US$86.7 billion, and are expected to drive the copper mining industry over the forecast period (2013–2021).

• However, falling ore grades, the increasing depth of mines, the scarcity of skilled mining labor and severe power shortages are major challenges faced by the copper mining industry in Chile.

• New copper projects and capacity additions at operating mines will help Chilean copper mine production to grow over the forecast period. Codelco and other operators aim to commence a number of copper projects. The Sierra Gorda project of KGHM Polska Miedz SA, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd, the Sumitomo Corporation with a production capacity of 220,000t, and the Pan Pacific Copper Co. Ltd’s Caserones project all began operations in 2014.

• The mining industry is Chile’s largest consumer of electricity, and its consumption increased during the last decade. With upcoming projects, the government predicts severe power shortages by 2017. Energy costs in Chile are high, and around 33.3% of demand comes from mining.

Reasons to buy

Gain an understanding of the Chilean copper mining industry, the relevant drivers and restraining factors, reserves, historic and forecast production, consumption, prices, trade, the competitive landscape and its fiscal regime.

Companies mentioned

Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile

Minera Escondida Limitada

Table of Contents

1 Executive Summary

2 Base Metals Mining in Chile

2.1 Country Overview

2.2 Mining Overview

3 Base Metals Mining in Chile – Drivers and Restraints

3.1 Base Metals Mining In Chile – Drivers

3.2 Base Metals Mining In Chile – Restraints

4 Copper Mining In Chile – Reserves, Production, Consumption and Trade

4.1 Reserves by Grades and Geographic Regions

4.2 Historical and Forecast Production

4.3 Total Production by Region

4.4 Copper Prices

4.5 Total Production by Major Mines

4.6 Total Production by Mining Method

4.7 Major Development and Exploration Projects

4.8 Domestic Consumption vs Exports

4.8.1 Export to destination countries

4.9 Imports from Country of Origin

4.10 Demand Drivers

5 Competitive Landscape

5.1 Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile

5.2 Minera Escondida Limitada

6 Fiscal Regime

6.1 The Chilean Mining Industry – Governing Bodies

6.1.1 Ministry of Mining

6.1.2 Ministry of Energy

6.1.3 Ministry of Environment

6.1.4 Chilean Copper Commission

6.1.5 National Service of Geology and Mining

6.2 The Chilean Mining Industry – Governing Laws

6.2.1 Organic Constitutional Law on Mining Concessions

6.2.2 Mining Code

6.3 The Chilean Mining Industry – Mining Licences

6.3.1 Exploration License

6.4 The Chilean Mining Industry – Rights and Obligations

6.4.1 Rights

6.4.2 Obligations

6.5 The Chilean Mining Industry – Key Fiscal Terms

6.5.1 Business profit Tax

6.5.2 Tax on Operational Mining Income

6.5.3 Other Taxes

6.5.4 Municipal Duty (Commercial License)

6.5.5 Real Estate Tax

6.5.6 Capital Gains Tax

6.5.7 Stamp Duty Tax

6.5.8 Depreciation

6.5.9 Withholding Tax

6.5.10 Value Added Tax (VAT)

7 Appendix

7.1 What is This Report About?

7.2 Methodology

7.3 Secondary Research

7.4 Primary Research

7.5 Contact GlobalData

7.6 About GlobalData

7.7 GlobalData’s Services

7.8 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Copper Mining in Chile – Chilean Mining Investment (US$ Million), 2013–2021

Table 2: Copper Mining in Chile – Investment Distribution by Stage (US$ Million), 2013–2021

Table 3: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Mining Projects (US$ Million), 2013–2021

Table 4: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Ore Grades, 2003 – 2012

Table 5: Copper Mining in Chile – Reserves by Grade and Region, 2013

Table 6: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Mine Production (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Table 7: Copper Mining in Chile – Major Active Mines, 2014

Table 8: Copper Mining in Chile – Major Exploration Projects, 2014

Table 9: Copper Mining in Chile – Major Development Projects, 2014

Table 10: Copper Mining in Chile – Refined Metal Consumption vs Ores and Concentrates Exports (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Table 11: Copper Mining in Chile – Export to Region and Destination Countries (Thousand Tonnes), 2013

Table 12: Copper Mining in Chile – Imports from Region and Country of Origin (Thousand Tonnes), 2013

Table 13: Base Metal Mining in Chile – Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile, Major Projects, 2014

Table 14: Base Metal Mining in Chile – Minera Escondida Limitada, Major Projects, 2014

Table 15: The Mining Industry in Chile – Business Profit Tax (%), 2014

Table 16: The Mining Industry in Chile – Withholding Tax (%), 2014

List of Figures

Figure 1: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Mine Production (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Figure 2: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Mine Production by Region, 2013

Figure 3: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Prices, 2002–2013 (US$/tonne)

Figure 4: Copper Mining in Chile – Copper Average Spot Prices, Jan 2013–Jul 2014 (US$/tonne)

Figure 5: Copper Mining in Chile – Refined Metal Consumption (Thousand Tonnes), 2000–2020

Figure 6: Copper Mining in Chile – Export to Destination Countries (%), 2013

Figure 7: Copper Mining in Chile – Imports from Country of Origin (%), 2013

Figure 8: Copper Mining in Chile – Chinese Imports of Copper Ores and Concentrates (Tonnes), 2001–2013

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