Molybdenum mining & processing

Molybdenum mining and processing techniques have been improved continuously since the first mine was started at Climax near Leadville, Colorado in 1916.

Today, the principal moly mines, both primary and by-product, are found along the Great Continental Divide of the Americas, in China and in the CIS. Many of these mines are amongst the most productive in the world, with the largest capable of moving over 50,000 tonnes of ore per day.

Mining and processing plants are operated with minimum emissions under stringent environmental protection regulations.

Truck and shovel

Truck and shovel in an open pit mine
(Courtesy of Kennecott Utah
Copper Corporation, USA)