What is copper?
Where is copper used?
Copper is commonly used across both residential and industrial construction.
It is used throughout infrastructure, including power grids and traffic lights.
Copper is used in cars, aircraft and trains.
Everyday household products like air conditioners, refrigerators, TVs and microwaves all contain copper.
Your smartphone can contain up to 20g of copper.
Copper is used by the power sector in distribution lines, generators and transformers.
Where is copper found?
Copper is used in a range of technologies, especially renewables. As Yass from our Olympic Dam mine says, copper will be a huge part of our future.
How is copper mined?
In our Escondida mine in Chile, the copper is relatively close to the surface, which means it can be mined via open cut. The process looks like this: