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Potrerillos copper smelter

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The Potrerillos smelter was originally commissioned as a conventional reverberatory furnace smelter in 1927. The concentrate treatment capacity was 100kt/a. By 1983 concentrate treatment capacity had increased to 250kt/a. A Teniente converter was added in 1985 and a system to inject concentrate through the tuyères was introduced in 1986. The introduction of an oxygen plant in 1988 permitted the introduction of oxy fuel burners in the reverberatory furnace and enrichment of the blast to...

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  • Summary and key issues
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Process overview
  • Products
  • Costs
  • Economic assumptions

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  • 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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