Tintaya is an open pit copper mining and processing operation located at an elevation of 4,100 metres in the Yauri district of Espinar Province, Cusco region, southern Peru. The orebody presents a mineralisation of copper sulphides and copper oxides.
Tintaya’s processing operation comprises both a copper concentrator and a solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) processing plant. Product is trucked to the port of Matarani on the Arequipa region coast, and then shipped to customers worldwide.
Brief History of the Operation
Tintaya commenced production in 1985, and was acquired by BHP Billiton in January 1996 following their acquisition of Magma Copper Company. In June 2006 Xstrata acquired Tintaya from BHP Billiton.