Bagdad Mine

Description: Bagdad is an open-pit copper and molybdenum mining complex.

Did you know? Bagdad is home to the world’s first commercial-scale concentrate leach processing facility (2003) and one of the longest continuously operating solution extraction/electrowinning (SX/EW) plants in the world (1970). An unincorporated community, Bagdad is one of two FCX “company towns;” the other is Morenci, Arizona.

Location: About 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, Arizona.

Ores: The Bagdad mine is a porphyry copper deposit containing both sulfide and oxide mineralization. Chalcopyrite and molybdenite are the dominant primary sulfides and are the primary economic minerals in the mine. Chalcocite is the most common secondary copper sulfide mineral and the predominant oxide copper minerals are chrysocolla, malachite and azurite.

Processes and facilities: The Bagdad operation includes a 75,000 metric ton-per-day concentrator that produces copper and molybdenum concentrates, an SX/EW plant that can produce up to 32 million pounds per year of copper cathode from solution generated by low-grade stockpile leaching, and a pressure leach plant to process molybdenum concentrates.

Background: First claims staked in 1882. Property changed ownership numerous times through first half of 20th century. First mill began operation in 1928 to process ore from the underground mine. Transition to open-pit mining began in 1945. A $240 million expansion in 1973 included new haul trucks, shovels, nearly 400 housing units and concentrator.

Ownership: 100%.