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La Oroya (Electrolytic) zinc smelter

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Report summary

The La Oroya smelter in Peru uses roast, leach, electrowin technology to produce slab zinc. After floatation to produce a zinc-silver concentrate, around 40% of the leach residues are treated in a Waelz kiln to enhance zinc recovery and to provide a fume feed to the indium plant, the remainder being dumped. The current capacity of the smelter is 43kt/a of slab zinc. The long term future of the smelter is currently in doubt due to a huge debt burden and ongoing environmental issues.

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Summary
    • Key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Process overview
  • Products
  • Costs
  • Timeline
  • Economic assumptions

Tables and charts

This report includes 14 images and tables including:

Tables

  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Participation: Table 1
  • Feed preparation
  • Roaster & Acid plant
  • Leaching & Purification
  • Tankhouse, melting & Casting
  • Products: Table 1
  • Products
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1

Images

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

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