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18 October 2013

Anglo American plc Production Report for the third quarter ended 30 September 2013

Anglo American plc Production Report for the third quarter ended 30 September 2013


  • Kumba Iron Ore production decreased by 24% to 9.5 Mt following weaker production at Sishen which was partially offset by a strong performance at Kolomela
  • Export metallurgical coal production increased by 9% to a record 4.9 Mt due to continued longwall performance improvements which more than offset the planned closure at Aquila
  • Export thermal coal production from South Africa decreased by 1% to 4.5 Mt. Cerrejón production increased to 3.2 Mt, a 13% increase, as the operation maintained a strong recovery post the strike in Q1 2013
  • Copper production(1) increased by 32% to 207,300 tonnes, with 22% higher production at Los Bronces and a 130% increase at Collahuasi
  • Nickel production increased by 7% to 9,600 tonnes, with higher production at Barro Alto more than offsetting the permanent cessation of production at Loma de Níquel. Production at Barro Alto increased by 51% to 7,100 tonnes
  • Niobium production increased by 7% to 1,100 tonnes, reflecting operational improvements at the plants and improved grades
  • Phosphates production increased by 5% to 326,300 tonnes due to performance improvements and increased plant availability
  • Platinum equivalent refined production was flat at 623,000 ounces. In line with the restructuring plans, Khomanani, Khuseleka 2 and Union North Decline were placed on long term care and maintenance
  • Diamond production increased by 21% to 7.7 million carats, primarily owing to the Jwaneng mine recovering fully from the slope failure in June 2012

This Interim Management Statement for the third quarter ended 30 September 2013 is unaudited.

(1) Copper production from the Copper business unit
(2) Nickel production from the Nickel business unit

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Notes to editors:
Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Our portfolio of mining businesses meets our customers’ changing needs and spans bulk commodities – iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal and thermal coal; base metals and minerals – copper, nickel, niobium and phosphates; and precious metals and minerals – in which we are a global leader in both platinum and diamonds. At Anglo American, we are committed to working together with our stakeholders – our investors, our partners and our employees – to create sustainable value that makes a real difference, while upholding the highest standards of safety and responsibility across all our businesses and geographies. The company’s mining operations, pipeline of growth projects and exploration activities span southern Africa, South America, Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.

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