|Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex
كارخانجات مجتمع مس سرچشمه
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
|Sarcheshmeh copper mine, 2008|
|Year of acquisition||1972|
Sarcheshmeh (سرچشمه) or Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex (Persian: كارخانجات مجتمع مس سرچشمه – Kārkhāneh-ye Mojtame‘-e Mes-e Sar Cheshmeh) is a large open cast copper mine in the Kerman Province of Iran, considered to be the second largest copper deposit worldwide. Also containing substantial amounts of molybdenum, gold and other rare metals. It is also a settlement, enumerated at Iranian census.
The Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex is located 65 km southwest of Kerman and 50 km south of Rafsanjan. The region's altitude averages about 2600m, the highest spot of which approximates 3000m. Sarcheshmeh ore bodies, situated in the central part of Zagros ranges, consist of folded and faulted early tertiary volcano-sedimentary rocks.
Sar Cheshmeh mine was managed by the Anaconda Group up until 1979 revolution in Iran. Design and construction of the processing plant was done by Parsons-Jurden of the US.
Production units of Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex involve the mine itself, concentrator, smelter, refinery, foundries and leaching.
Administratively, the settlement is in the Sarcheshmeh Rural District, in the Central District of Rafsanjan County, Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 53, in 14 families.
- "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.