Precious Metals Mining in Chile to 2020

Date: 2015-09

Chile had the world’s fourth-largest gold and silver reserves, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), with 3,900 tonnes (t) of gold and 77,000t of silver at the start of 2014. Chile accounted for 2% of global gold mine production in 2013, producing 1.7 million ounces, and was the fourth-largest producer in Latin America. Its silver mine production at 42.9 million ounces accounted for 4.6% of global silver mine production in the same year, and the country ranked third-highest in Latin America. The El Penon mine was by far the largest gold and silver-producing mine with production volume of 338,200 ounces of gold and 6.5 million ounces of silver in 2013. Over the forecast period 2014–2020, gold mine production is forecast to increase to 5.2 million ounces, and silver mine production to 82 million ounces.

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