October 7, 2010 / 1:16 PM / 8 years ago

UPDATE 1-Teck's new Chilean copper concentrator begins output

* Says has begun commercial copper concentrate production

* Plant averaging throughput of 53,000 tonnes of ore/day

TORONTO, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd TCKb.TO said on Thursday it has begun commercial production from the new copper concentrator at its Carmen de Andacollo mine in central Chile.

Vancouver-based Teck said the plant is currently averaging throughput of 53,000 tonnes of ore per day, which is about 97 percent of its projected design capacity of 55,000 tonnes per day. Teck said the plant has also operated for a number of days at higher volumes than the targeted 55,000 tonnes per day.

Carmen de Andacollo is an open pit mine located about 350 kilometers north of Santiago. Teck has a 90 percent interest in the mine, with Chile’s state-owned ENAMI owning the remainder.

The company is winding down copper cathode production at the mine, as it begins to ship copper in concentrate form from the new facility.

The company expects the mine to produce roughly 80,000 tonnes of copper and 55,000 ounces of gold annually over the next 10 years. (Reporting by Euan Rocha, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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