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Bottom blown technology, a new direction in copper smelting?

Bottom blown technology, a new direction in copper smelting?

Report summary

Until the recent development of the Bottom Blown Furnace (BBF) in China, there had been no major developments in copper smelting technologies since the 1990s. It is Wood Mackenzie's view that BBF technology will continue to extend its footprint across the globe and will eventually be the technology of choice for an increasing number of greenfield projects. 

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  • Executive Summary
  • A brief description and history of smelting
  • The Big Four
    • Flash smelting
    • Modified converters
    • ISASMELT™ and Ausmelt
    • Mitsubishi process
  • Bottom Blown Furnace, the new technology
    • Characteristics and advantages of BBF
    • BBF to be a major technology

In this report there are 8 tables or charts, including:

  • Executive Summary
  • A brief description and history of smelting
    • Flowsheet of a typical copper smelter
    • Distribution of production by technology
  • The Big Four
    • Schematic of the Outotec flash smelting furnace
    • Schematic of a Noranda reactor
    • Schematic of the ISASMELT™ / Ausmelt reactor
    • Schematic of the Mitsubishi continuous smelting process
  • Bottom Blown Furnace, the new technology
    • Schematic of a bottom blown furnace
    • Gross energy consumption of the world's 10 largest smelters
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