smelter Mining News

Technology ramped up

When it is completed, RTA CEO Dick Evans says the new Kitimat Works will be "the most modern smelter anywhere in the world". That's because it will be using what's called AP39 technology - Sohar, for example, ...

MIPAC wins 2008 PACE Zenith award

Kazzinc New Metallurgy Project Awarded for Technical Excellence Brisbane, Australia, June, 23, 2008: The 2008 annual PACE Zenith Awards were announced in Sydney last week.  MIPAC was honoured to receive the Award for Technical Excellence […]

Alcoa seeks power supplies to save Texas smelter

Alcoa Inc is talking to anyone who can help secure a reliable supply of low-cost power for its Rockdale, Texas, aluminum smelter after temporarily idling half of the facility's production on Thursday, an Alcoa ...

Ghana buys Alcoa's stake in aluminium smelter

Ghana's government has bought Alcoa's 10 percent stake in the 200,000 tonne/year VALCO aluminium smelter for $2 million, the West African country's presidency said in a statement on Friday.

Alcoa to Temporarily Idle Half of Rockdale, TX Smelter Due to Local Power Supply Issues

Alcoa today announced it will temporarily idle half the production at its Rockdale, Texas aluminum smelter effective today as a result of ongoing supply issues with Luminant's onsite power generating unit, …more at topix

Copper Smelting Charges May Drop Again, Freeport Says

Copper processing charges may drop again this year because supplies to smelters are falling short of demand, strengthening the position of mining companies in annual talks, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

BHP hopes to export more nickel concentrate

BHP Billiton Ltd hopes to export more nickel concentrates to other processing plants over the next four months while its Australian nickel smelter and refinery is closed for repairs, the miner said on Friday….more at […]

BHP to rebuild Australia nickel furnace

Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd said on Thursday it has brought forward the rebuilding of a furnace at its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter due to deterioration, forcing the shutdown of its Kwinana refinery…more at topix

Rio Tinto pours first metal at Oman aluminium smelter

The Sohar aluminium smelter, in Sohar, Oman, has poured its first metal and is expected to reach full production, at an initial 360 000 t/y, in December, diversified miner Rio Tinto said on Thursday….more at […]

BHP to rebuild Australia nickel furnace

Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd said on Thursday it has brought forward the rebuilding of a furnace at its Kalgoorlie nickel smelter due to deterioration, forcing the shutdown of its Kwinana refinery.

Smelter feels $12m pain in power squeeze

The power squeeze has cost the country's biggest user over $12 million in lost production and an industry group has warned all businesses are going to be hurt by fallout from the threatened crisis….more at […]

UC Rusal ‘greens’ aluminium production

UC RUSAL reports it has successfully launched test production of the key component of a unique environmentally sound aluminium production technology – colloidal anode paste. The total investment in this project will amount to $25 […]

Chinese Copper Smelters Not Holding Mid-Year TC/RC Talks With Miners This Year

Chinese copper smelters will not hold mid-year talks with overseas miners for copper concentrate treatment and refining charges (TC/RC) this year, an official with one of China's major copper smelters told Interfax. ...

Web apps drive efficiencies

Four Leaf Solutions has doubled and tripled its workforce every year since 2002 Software developer Four Leaf Solutions may be one of Sudbury’s best-kept secrets. Founded in 1997 by four Sudbury programmers, the company flew […]

Rio Tinto's Saudi Smelter to Start by 2012

Rio Tinto Group expects to produce aluminum from its planned smelter in Saudi Arabia by late 2011 or early 2012, the company's Chief Executive Tom Albanese was cited as saying by Arab News .

Teck Cominco smelter in B.C. spills lead, acid into Columbia River

Washington state is monitoring a lead and acid spill into the Columbia River from the massive Teck Cominco lead and zinc smelter just across the border in Trail, B.C. A leak in a lead refinery pipe triggered an ...

Miner confirms Coega aluminium smelter delayed to 2012

Aluminium producer Rio Tinto Alcan on Thursday indicated that it expected its Coega aluminium smelter to only come on line in 2012. Rio Tinto... In today's podcast: Rio Tinto Alcan's task team looking into the timing of its planned aluminium smelter at

Mintek, Braemore Achieve Important Milestones in Conroast Technology Development

Mintek and Braemore Resources plc are planning to double the throughput of the ConRoast smelter at Mintek, following seven months of successful continuous operation. Since October 2007, the DC arc furnace at Mintek has treated […]

Many zinc and aluminum smelters suspend production due to earthquake

Sichuan is one of China's main non-ferrous metal production provinces, the powerful earthquake disaster on May 12 made some zinc, aluminum smelter and mines be forced to stop production.

China earthquake impact on zinc depends on extent of mine damage

The main affected regions are in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. These have just a few bigger sized smelters, but a lot of mining operations for zinc…more at

Rio Still Considering South African Plant, Aluminum Chief Says

Rio Tinto Group , the world's second- largest aluminum producer, said it may build a $2.7 billion plant in South Africa even as the country endures power shortages that have cut output at mines and […]

Greenland Parliament Agrees to Phase 2 of Joint Studies on Potential Smelter and Hydropower Project

Alcoa today welcomed the decision taken by the Greenland parliament to advance into a second phase of joint studies with Alcoa into the feasibility of establishing a world class sustainable aluminum industry in …more at […]

China's Aba Aluminum Smelter Halted After Earthquake

A 120,000 metric ton aluminum producer in China's Sichuan province halted output after suffering casualties when the country was hit by its strongest earthquake in more than half a century, an official said.

Smelter developer unphased by talks of SA reviewing energy-intensive projects

World number-one aluminium producer Rio Tinto Alcan said on Monday that the task team looking into the timing of its planned aluminium smelter at Coega was making good progress, and that the firm still viewed South Africa as a 'good place to do

China's Chalco to take stake in Saudi Aluminum Smelter Venture

Aluminum Corporation of China Ltd , the country's top aluminum producer, will team up with Malaysia's MMC and Saudi Arabia's Binladin for a joint aluminum project in Saudi Arabia….more at