Bor Copper Complex
Bor Copper Complex
Bor Copper Mines

The Bor copper mine is a world-class copper asset. The project was originally run by a century-old company with over 5,000 employees and had suffered losses for years. Following its acquisition by Zijin Mining, the project was turned around within six months and has become one of the largest and most profitable companies in Serbia.

In addition to the Bor copper mine, Zijin Mining operates another world-class copper asset in Serbia, the Čukaru Peki copper-gold Mine. Their combined output was 240,000 tonnes of copper in 2023, making Zijin the second-largest copper miner in Europe.

The two mines in Serbia are undergoing de-bottlenecking and expansion, scheduled for completion by 2025. Once complete, their combined production capacity is expected to reach 300,000 tonnes per annum.

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Bor Copper Complex
  • Location
    Bor, Serbia
  • Ownership
  • Project status
    In production + Undergoing expansion
  • Deposit Type
    High-sulfidation epithermal +Porphyry
  • Mineral Resources (Inclusive of Mineral Reserves)
    Contained copper:11.14Mt, Grade: 0.45%
    Contained gold: 384t, Grade: 0.16g/t
  • Mining & Processing methods
    Open-pit mining + underground mining + gravity Separation + flotation
  • 2023 production
    Copper: 100kt; Gold: 2t
  • Debottlenecking and Expansion

    The project has carried out debottlenecking and expansion for its 4 mines and a smelter, all of which are in production. Efforts are underway to transition the Jama mine from the cut-and-fill method to block caving.

  • M&A

    In 2018, Zijin Mining injected additional capital into RTB Bor, a Serbian state-owned copper company, acquiring a 63% interest, and subsequently renamed it Serbia Zijin Copper Doo Bor.


Committed to balanced development between the company, employees, and the communities, the project prioritizes environmental stewardship, completing wastewater treatment and ecological restoration of Lake Robule in Bor and the eco-friendly transformation of the TIR smelter. It has launched the Zijin Developing Together with Bor and Majdanpek community development plan, supporting local infrastructure development, healthcare, education, cultural activities, sports, and poverty alleviation efforts. Community programs such as For the Future and Healthy Drinking Water have been implemented. Additionally, the company has more than 1,500 local suppliers.