Mexicana de Cobre started construction in late 1995 of a 180kt/a cathode refinery adjacent to the existing smelter, where capacity was being increased from 184kt/a anode to 300kt/a anode. The initial plan was for mechanical completion in September 1997 with commissioning in December 1997. The plan also included the possibility of a subsequent expansion to 300kt/a cathode at a later date to match the smelter capacity, but in June 1997 the company announced that it would proceed with this...
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