Years after producing its first copper, Safford remains the newest copper mine in the United States. Current production is from two open-pit copper mines, Dos Pobres and San Juan, with a single processing facility. Resource evaluation is underway at the Lone Star deposit, important for the long-term future of Safford Operations. This modern operation features state-of-the-art production and environmental control technology.
In 2016, copper production at Safford amounted to 230 million pounds .
In 2017, copper production amounted to 150 million pounds and approximately 830 people were employed here.
Safford Operations Fast Facts
- Safford is an open-pit copper mining complex, 170 miles east of Phoenix in Graham Country
- This is a zero-discharge facility and one of the most environmentally advanced copper mines ever built
- The open pits feed a crushing facility with a capacity of 103,000 metric tons per day
- Leach solutions feed a solution extraction/electrowinning facility with a capacity of 240 million pounds of copper yearly
- Growth and expansion opportunities are underway to extend the life of mine for Safford operations
- In 2016, Safford and Morenci mine’s direct and indirect economic impact totaled $978.5 Million
- To learn more about the various sustainable development programs at Safford, click here
- Safford has a wide variety of operations, such as the following:
- A mine-for-leach operation and copper cathode production
- Two open pits feeding a crushing facility
- A single leach pad fed by a series of overland and portable conveyors and leach solutions supply a solution extraction/electrowinning facility
- The new sulphur burner providing a more cost-effective source of sulphuric acid used in solution extraction/electrowinning operations and lower transportation costs