Bottom blown technology, a new direction in copper smelting?

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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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This report includes 8 images and tables including:


  • Flowsheet of a typical copper smelter
  • Distribution of production by technology
  • 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
  • Schematic of a bottom blown furnace
  • Gross energy consumption of the world's 10 largest smelters

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