In 1882, the first claims were staked in Bagdad and early production came from underground mining. The first mill began operation in 1928 to process ore from the underground mine. Freeport-McMoRan’s Bagdad operations account for roughly 20 percent of our North American copper production. 

In 2016, copper production at Bagdad amounted to 177 million pounds.

In 2017, copper production amounted to 173 million pounds and nearly 900 people were employed here.

Conveyor belt transporting material for processing

Bagdad Operations Fast Facts

  • Bagdad is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex about 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, in Yavapai County
  • The available mining fleet is capable of moving more than 20,000 metric tons per day of material
  • In 2016, Bagdad mine’s direct and indirect economic impact on Arizona totaled $206.9 Million
  • To learn about the various sustainable development programs in Bagdad, click here
  • While at Freeport-McMoRan’s Bagdad site you will see the following:
    • A 75,000 metric tons per day (mtd) concentrator that produces copper and molybdenum concentrates
    • One of the largest, continuously operating solution extraction/electrowinning plants that can produce up to 25 million pounds of copper per year from solution generated by low grade stockpile leaching
    • A pressure leach plant to process molybdenum concentrates


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