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Nkana (closed) copper smelter

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The smelter was commissioned with four reverberatory furnaces in 1932. A fifth was added in 1952 and all units were enlarged in the late 1950s . By 1961 capacity was 325kt/a. During the 1980s capacity was eroded to 220kt/a and in 1990 two furnaces were replaced by an oxy-fuel fired unit to regain capacity. Major commissioning problems were encountered with this furnace. In August 1994 a Teniente converter was added, again with major commissioning problems. The reverberatory furnaces had...

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  • Flowsheet
  • Feed preparation
  • Smelting process
  • Auxiliary plants
  • Environmental

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