Copper mine project development- will fortune favour the brave?

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Report summary

As metal prices in 2013 fall below levels seen in previous years mining companies are under increased pressure to control costs.  With limited scope for making significant savings at operating mines, companies looking to make major cuts in expenditure have targeted exploration budgets and deferred plans to develop new mines. Whilst work has largely continued at most projects where companies are already committed to construction and sunk costs have been incurred, development of less advanced...

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • Copper mining projects in construction or commissioning during 2013
  • Project development activity during 2013
  • Mine supply gap still forecast to open towards end of decade
  • CAPEX escalation – starting to slow?
  • Copper mining revenues and margins
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 11 images and tables including:


  • Mine supply requirement (forecast December 2012)
  • Mine supply requirement (forecast August 2012)
  • CAPEX Escalation 2004 to 2013
  • (MAM scenario WM_2013_Q3)


  • Copper mines in construction or commissioning as at December 2012 (base case plus highly probable)
  • Projects added to base case plus highly probable categories since January 2013
  • Probable projects added or advanced during 2013
  • Projects downgraded from probable or delayed during 2013
  • Large scale (>200kt/a) probable or highly probable projects at risk
  • 2013 CAPEX Announcements (equivalent scope)
  • Metal price assumptions 2012$ (MAM scenario WM_2013_Q3)

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