TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club(YJC)_The official IRNA news agency said in a report on Sunday that main Iranian smelters churned out a total of 224,331 metric tons of cathodes in the period, stable as the similar period spanning 2017-2018.
However, copper anode production in two main smelters of the country fell four percent year on year on 274,250 tons, said the report which cited data from IMIDRO, Iran’s largest metals holding group.
The report said that output from copper ore mining across Iran also dropped by three percent between March 2019 and February 2020 at just more than 156 million tons.
Copper concentrate production in three main smelters of Meiduk, Sungun and Sarcheshmeh was stable year on year in February at 1.85 million tons, said the report.
However, sales and exports by NICICO, Iran’s main copper company, surged by 145 percent to 200 trillion rials or $1.3 billion, it said, adding that monthly sales in February topped nearly $120 million.