LIMA – Copper production surged to 463,164 fine metric tons in April, up 18.47 percent from the same month last year, the Peruvian Energy and Mines Ministry said.
Production, however, was up just 3.79 percent during the first four months of this year, the ministry said in a statement.
Copper output in the northern region of Ancash fell 8.28 percent to 118,466 fine metric tons in April, compared to April 2014, but the region accounted for 25.58 percent of national production of the metal.
The southern region of Arequipa accounted for 13.94 percent of national production, or 64,572 fine metric tons, down 24.74 percent, while Cuzco, which produced 62,828 fine metric tons, had a 13.56 percent share of national production.
Copper production in Cuzco soared 23.61 percent in April, compared to the same month in 2014.
Production of other metals was also strong in April, with gold output up 14.91 percent; zinc, up 17.70 percent; lead, up 27.28 percent; and tin, up 15.06 percent.
Silver and iron production were flat in April, compared to the same month last year, the ministry said.