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Palabora copper smelter



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Report summary

The Palabora smelter was commissioned in 1966 as a conventional green feed reverberatory furnace smelter.  In 1987 a Contop cyclone smelting unit was added to the reverberatory furnace to increase its smelting capacity, which had previously limited copper production capacity.  Problems in commissioning the Contop unit resulted in reduced overall smelting capacity and the Contop unit was removed from service in August 1990. A major upgrade project was completed during 1993 involving three new...

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Table of contents

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

Tables and charts

This report includes 13 images and tables including:


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Participation: Table 1
  • Feed preparation
  • Smelting process
  • Auxiliary plants
  • Products: Table 1
  • Products allocation
  • Costs: Table 1
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1


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

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