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Glencore copper output falls

27 July 2017 08:06

Glencore's own-sourced copper production fell to 642,900 tonnes in the first half of the year - down 9% on last time.

The group said this reflected a transition to mining a greater portion of copper/zinc ores at Antamina (noting concurrent higher zinc grades/production), temporary lower copper grades at Antapaccay, the effects of wet weather at Mutanda resulting in reduced ore throughput, and lower production/pit stability issues at Alumbrera as it neared the end of life.

Own-sourced zinc production of 570,800 tonnes was up 13%, reflecting the Antamina increase and generally solid performances across the portfolio. Own-sourced nickel production of 51,200 tonnes was down 10%, reflecting scheduled maintenance at Murrin and INO, partly offset by the stabilising and improving performance at Koniambo.

Attributable ferrochrome production of 836,000 tonnes was up 10%, reflecting more furnace production time, period over period, and strong furnace operational performances. Coal production of 61.1 million tonnes was up 4% on H1 2016, mainly reflecting planned increases in the Australian coal portfolio. Glencore's oil entitlement production interest of 2.6 million barrels was down 39% on H1 2016, reflecting natural field decline with no drilling activity.

It said that as previously noted, a single-rig drilling campaign had recommenced in Chad in H2 2017.

Glencore said the announced sales of Rosh Pinah and Perkoa to Trevali Mining were subject to customary closing conditions, with transaction currently expected to complete in August.

Zinc full year production guidance had been adjusted to reflect the expected timing of this transaction.

At 8:06am: (LON:GLEN) Glencore PLC share price was -5.65p at 324p

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