Real Tier-1 mines need to be low cost, large and long life; and as such, they are relatively rare. We have examined which copper mines plot in our 'Tier-1 quadrant' – bottom half of the cost curve and greater than twice average production size. Twenty two mines fall in the quadrant based on 2016 cost and production estimates; only 9% of the global dataset. Filtering this group to those operations with an overall copper resource of more than twice the global average brings the number down to a select group of just 15.
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