South America

Our skilled and versatile team finds, extracts, processes and provides the raw materials that fuel and connect the world. Copper. Molybdenum. Gold. Cobalt. Oil. Gas. The elements we supply play a crucial role in delivering the technology that drives the future.

On our team, you’ll have the opportunity to reach your potential and build a rewarding career. We invite you to learn more about our people and our culture. Explore our regions and areas of expertise, or if you are a resident of Peru or Chile, visit our in-country site to apply. Then join us at Freeport-McMoRan and make the most of your skills and talent.

    El Abra
    El Loa province
    Copper mine

    Located 47 miles north of Calama in Chile’s El Loa province, El Abra is an open-pit copper mining complex. The El Abra operation includes a solution extraction/electrowinning facility; a 125,000 metric ton-per-day crushed leach circuit; and a similar-sized run-of-mine leaching operation. Operating since 1996, the future looks bright here—exploration results have identified a significant additional sulfide resource at El Abra. Freeport-McMoRan owns a 51 percent interest in El Abra, and the remaining 49 percent is held by the state-owned copper enterprise Corporación Nacional del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO).

    Our operations in South America include Peru's Cerro Verde mine that produces copper and molybdenum concentrates.

    Cerro Verde
    Arequipa region
    Copper and molybdenum mining complex

    Cerro Verde is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex that has been in operation since 1976 and is located 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, Peru.

    Cerro Verde’s current operation consists of an open-pit copper mine; a 120,000 metric ton-per-day concentrator; and solution extraction/electrowinning leaching facilities. Leach copper production comes from a 39,000 metric tons-per-day crushed leach facility and a run-of-mine leach system. A large-scale expansion recently was completed that will triple the concentrator capacity to 360,000 metric tons per day. By 2016, the mine will be producing 600 million pounds of copper and 15 million pounds of molybdenum.

    We have a 53.56 percent ownership stake in Cerro Verde. SMM Cerro Verde Netherlands B.V., a subsidiary of Sumitomo Metal Mining, owns 21 percent, and Compañia de Minas Buenaventura S.A.A. owns 19.58 percent. The remaining 5.86 percent is owned by other shareholders whose shares are publicly traded on the Lima Stock Exchange.