Río Blanco Copper-Molybdenum Mine
Río Blanco Copper-Molybdenum Mine
Rio Blanco Mine
Río Blanco Copper-Molybdenum Mine

The Río Blanco Copper-Molybdenum Mine in Peru ranks among the ten largest undeveloped copper mines globally. With a world-class, ultra-large, low-grade porphyry deposit, it is located within the Neogene continental magmatic arc that extends across northern Peru and southern Ecuador. The mine holds broad prospects for new discoveries.

Río Blanco Copper-Molybdenum Mine
  • Location
    Piura Region, Peru
  • Ownership
  • Project status
    In Preparation for construction
  • Deposit Type
  • Mineral Resources (Inclusive of Mineral Reserves)
    Contained copper: 11.32Mt, Grade: 0.47%
    Contained molybdenum: 458,000t, Grade 0.02%
  • Mining & Processing methods
    Open-pit mining
  • M&A

    Zijin Mining holds a 51% interest in the project, TongLing Nonferrous Metals Group Holding Co., Ltd. 35%, and Xiamen C&D Inc.14%.


The project contributes to community infrastructure and social welfare through donations, infrastructure construction, and financial assistance. It has launched programs to engage with communities through soccer and coffee, sponsored a community school’s participation in inter-school competitions in the Piura region, and renovated school buildings in Piura. It also partnered with the Mining Association of the National University of Piura and the Sullana Provincial Government to protect water resources in the Chira River area. In addition, the project assisted communities in registering a new coffee production association, participated in the preparation of municipal cleaning and employment assistance projects, and donated agricultural equipment to a community farming association.