One of the world’s largest gold and copper mines in existence, the Grasberg mine surely is one of a kind.
Began with a story of a Dutch colonist who discovered copper deposits in the Jayawijaya Mountain glaciers in Indonesia, which now is one of the largest in the world. Of course, they have to go through troubles, discoveries, ups and downs, everything you could imagine.
Located in Papua, the Grasberg mine sits at an altitude of 14,000 feet in the remote highlands of the Sudirman Mountain Range. The mine is a joint venture between Freeport-McMoRan and mining juggernaut Rio Tinto, with Freeport owning 60 percent of the mine and Rio Tinto owning the remaining 40 percent.
In its first full year of operations, the Grasberg mine produced 196,000 ounces of gold, making it an immediate success.
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