FCX expects South America's sales to approximate of 1.2 billion pounds of copper and 100 thousand ounces of gold for the year 2012, compared with 2011 sales of 1.3 billion pounds of copper and 101 thousand ounces of gold. Copper sales estimates for South America are approximately 35 million pounds lower than previous estimates reported in April because of revisions to El Abra production.As anticipated, average unit net cash costs (net of by-product credits) for South America of $1.49 per pound of copper in second-quarter 2012 were higher than unit net cash costs of $1.08 per pound in second-quarter 2011, primarily reflecting lower copper sales volumes, lower by-product credits and increased mining costs.
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. Reports Second-Quarter And Six-Month 2012 Results
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