Climax Molybdenum Company
A subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan
333 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
+1.800.255.7684 | +1.602.366.7932 | Fax: +1.602.366.7318
Our wholly owned Climax mine is located 13 miles northeast of Leadville, Colorado, off Colorado State Highway 91 at the top of Fremont Pass. The mine is accessible by paved roads.
The Climax ore body is a porphyry molybdenum deposit, with molybdenite as the primary sulfide mineral.
The Climax open-pit mine includes a 25,000 metric ton-per-day mill facility. Climax has the capacity to produce approximately 30 million pounds of molybdenum per year. The available mining fleet consists of ten 177-metric ton haul trucks loaded by two hydraulic shovels with bucket sizes of 34 cubic meters, which are capable of moving an average of 90,000 metric tons of material per day.
The Climax mine is located in a mountainous region. The highest bench elevation is approximately 4,050 meters above sea level, and the ultimate pit bottom is expected to have an elevation of approximately 3,100 meters above sea level. This region experiences significant snowfall during the winter months.
The operations encompass approximately 14,350 acres, consisting primarily of patented mining claims and other fee lands.
Climax operations receive electrical power through long-term contracts with Xcel Energy and natural gas through long-term contracts with Anadarko Energy and BP Energy Company (with Xcel Energy as the transporter). We believe the Climax operation has sufficient water resources to support current operations. Refer to Item 1A. “Risk Factors” for discussion of risks associated with recently proposed legislation in Colorado related to water quality standards.
11236 Hwy 91 - Fremont Pass
Climax, CO 80429
Our wholly owned Henderson molybdenum mine has been in operation since 1976 and is located 42 miles west of Denver, Colorado, off U.S. Highway 40. Nearby communities include the towns of Empire, Georgetown and Idaho Springs. The Henderson mill site is located 15 miles west of the mine and is accessible from Colorado State Highway 9. The Henderson mine and mill are connected by a 10-mile conveyor tunnel under the Continental Divide and an additional five-mile surface conveyor. The tunnel portal is located five miles east of the mill.
The Henderson mine is a porphyry molybdenum deposit, with molybdenite as the primary sulfide mineral.
The Henderson operation consists of a large block-cave underground mining complex feeding a concentrator with a current capacity of approximately 32,000 metric tons per day. Henderson has the capacity to produce approximately 18 million pounds of molybdenum per year. The majority of the molybdenum concentrate produced is shipped to our Fort Madison, Iowa, processing facility. The available underground mining equipment fleet consists of fourteen 9metric ton load-haul-dump (LHD) units and seven 73-metric ton haul trucks, which deliver ore to a gyratory crusher feeding a series of three overland conveyors to the mill stockpiles.
The Henderson mine is located in a mountainous region with the main access shaft at 3,180 meters above sea level. The main production levels are currently at elevations of 2,200 and 2,350 meters above sea level. This region experiences significant snowfall during the winter months.
The Henderson mine and mill operations encompass approximately 11,900 acres, comprising 11,850 acres of patented mining claims and other fee lands and a 50-acre easement with the U.S. Forest Service for the surface portion of the conveyor corridor.
Henderson operations receive electrical power through long-term contracts with Xcel Energy and natural gas through long-term contracts with BP Energy Company (with Xcel Energy as the transporter). We believe the Henderson operation has sufficient water resources to support current operations. Refer to Item 1A. “Risk Factors” for discussion of risks associated with recently proposed legislation in Colorado related to water quality standards.
Climax Molybdenum CompanyHenderson Mine
P.O. Box 68
Empire, CO 80438
Fort Madison’s conversion capabilities provide Climax Molybdenum Company, a subsidiary of Freeport-McMoRan, with the world’s premier source for upgraded molybdenum chemical products.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa, the Ft. Madison facility is the world’s largest and highest quality producer of lubricant grade molybdenum disulfide, sublimed pure molybdic oxide, calcined pure molybdic oxide, ammonium dimolybdate, ammonium heptamolybdate, ammonium octamolybdate, and sodium molybdate.
The Fort Madison chemical plant, operational since late 1977, is an important companion to other conversion and operating facilities of Climax Molybdenum Company. The plant was expanded in 1995, maintaining its status as the largest facility of its type in the world.
A key function of this chemical facility is to supplement the growing family of molybdenum products required for many new applications warranted by the technological merits of molybdenum.
Fort Madison is dedicated to being the highest quality producer in the world and a strong member of the Climax global production team. The efforts to meet or exceed customer requirements have been a prime focus for the high purity products from this location. The efforts and dedication resulted in many customer quality awards.
Since 1993, the plant has been certified to the ISO 9001 International Quality Standard. In 2005, the Fort Madison Management System received certification to the ISO 14001 International Environmental Standard, and in 2006 to the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Standard.
Climax Molybdenum Company
P.O. Box 220
2598 Highway 61 South
Fort Madison, IA 52627
+1.319.463.7151 | Fax: +1.319.463.7315