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La Caridad copper smelter

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Construction of the smelter commenced on a greenfield site in July 1979. Lack of finance resulted in frequent interruptions to construction and generally slow progress. Start-up without an acid plant was finally achieved in June 1986 at a capital cost of US$376M. Serious commissioning problems were encountered, mainly due to an inexperienced labour force. The acid plant was added in 1988 at a capital cost of US$70M. Although production gradually improved between 1986 and 1990 it still...

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  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
    • Environmental
  • Products
  • Costs
  • Economic assumptions

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  • Detailed map
  • Flowsheet
  • Production
  • Costs: Image 1


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Participation: Table 1
  • Process overview: Table 1
  • Process overview: Table 2
  • Process overview: Table 3
  • Products: Table 1
  • Products allocation
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1

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