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Nkana copper smelter

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09 June 2017

Nkana copper smelter

Report summary

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...

Table of contents

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

Tables and charts

This report includes 8 images and tables including:

  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Detailed map
  • Participation: Table 1
  • Flowsheet
  • Feed preparation
  • Smelting process
  • Auxiliary plants
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1

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