Facts & Figures

Project Facts

Nevada Mine Facts:

According to data compiled by the Nevada Mining Association, the average miner in Nevada earns  $90,400 per year

Market Facts:

Copper Market:  The International Copper Study Group (ICSG) reported in February 2015 that in the first eleven months of 2014, the world refined copper balance adjusted for the decrease in Chinese bonded stocks indicates a production deficit of around 668,000 tons. (http://www.icsg.org/index.php/press-releases/finish/114-monthly-press-release/2002-2015-02-20-monthly-press-release)

Copper Facts:

Copper is in nearly everything we use, from water pipes to electrical wiring, cars, refrigerators and cell phones.

Television signals are carried to transmission antennas by hollow conduits called wave-guides. Wave-guides made of oxygen-free, high conductivity copper are 30% to 40% more efficient than their aluminum counterparts.

Today’s U.S. coins – dimes, quarters and half dollars – have a solid copper core and an outer layer of a copper-nickel alloy.

There’s more than 50 pounds of copper in a typical automobile built in the U.S. – about 40 pounds for electrical and about 10 pounds for non-electrical components.

About 2% (9,000 pounds) of the total weight of a Boeing 747-200 jet plane is copper. Included in that weight is 632,000 feet of copper wire.

If every person recycled their old cell phone, 4.6 million dollars worth of copper would be recovered each year.

There are probably about a billion doorknobs in the U.S. weighing in with about 500-600 million pounds of copper.

Archaeologists have recovered a portion of a water plumbing system from the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. The copper tubing used was found in serviceable condition after more than 5,000 years.

The Statue of Liberty contains 179,000 pounds of copper. After one hundred years of enduring biting sea winds, driving rains and beating sun, the copper skin of the Statue of Liberty has not only grown more beautiful, it has remained virtually intact. The weathering and oxidation of the copper skin has amounted to just .005 of an inch in a century.

An electric forklift truck uses about 138 pounds of copper.

A typical diesel-electric railroad locomotive uses about 11,000 pounds of copper.

The average house has 12 lock sets made from copper.

Grandfather, grandmother and large wall clocks, on average, use about 9 pounds of copper each.

On average there is 1.3 lbs. of copper in a typical clothes dryer.

The use of copper conductors in the chip is the last link in a now unbroken copper chain comprising the electronic data path between user and computer.  From external cables and connectors to bus ways to printed circuit boards, sockets and lead frames:  it’s all copper.

Copper is an excellent heat conductor. High quality cookware uses copper because of its heat conducting properties. Copper helps to more quickly and evenly heat the cookware to the desired temperature.

In North America alone, approximately one half of the copper consumed annually comes from recycled material. Copper’s recycle value is so great that premium-grade scrap has at least 95% of the value of primary copper from newly mined ore.