Anglo American delivers solid operational performance for Q2 2021

Anglo American has delivered a solid operational performance supported by comprehensive Covid-19 measures to help safeguard the lives and livelihoods of its workforce. In its Q2 highlights, the company says:

  • Completed the demerger of the South Africa thermal coal operations.
  • Announced the sale of our 33% interest in the Cerrejon thermal coal mine, subject to regulatory approvals.
  • Rough diamond production increased by 134%, reflecting planned higher production in response to the ongoing consumer demand recovery.
  • Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) production increased by 59%, with Mogalakwena production increasing by 11%, reflecting the relatively lower impact of Covid-19 lockdowns compared to Q2 2020. Strong refined output reflected stable performance from the ACP Phase A unit.
  • Iron ore production increased by 6%, driven primarily by Kumba, reflecting the lower impact of Covid-19 lockdowns compared to Q2 2020.
  • Copper production increased by 2% due to strong plant performance at Los Bronces.
  • At its longwall metallurgical coal operations, mining restarted at Moranbah at the beginning of June and development work at Grosvenor continues to progress, with restart expected towards the end of the year.

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: “We have delivered a solid operational performance supported by comprehensive Covid-19 measures to help safeguard the lives and livelihoods of our workforce and host communities.

We have generally maintained operating levels at approximately 95% of normal capacity and, as a consequence, production increased by 20% compared to Q2 of last year, with planned higher rough diamond production at De Beers, as well as strong plant performance at our Los Bronces copper operation in Chile and higher throughput at our Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in South Africa.

We also successfully completed the demerger of our thermal coal operations in South Africa and announced the sale of our minority interest in Cerrejon in Colombia, marking the last stage of our transition from thermal coal operations, ahead of schedule. Our portfolio and growth investments are increasingly focused on those future-enabling metals and minerals that are critical to decarbonising energy and transport and to meeting consumers’ growing needs, from luxury to everyday.”

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