Reconstruction of Bor smelter to cost over 200 mln euros

China's Zijin Mining Co, the strategic partner of the mining and smelting complex in Bor, eastern Serbia, has started work on a project to fully rebuild and expand the existing smelter in the complex.

18 Novembar 2019 18:54

BELGRADE - China's Zijin Mining Co, the strategic partner of the mining and smelting complex in Bor, eastern Serbia, has started work on a project to fully rebuild and expand the existing smelter in the complex.

According to the calculations to date, the investment will exceed 200 mln euros, Bor Mayor Aleksandar Milikic told the Vecernje novosti daily.

"In a conversation with Zijin representatives, I have been given confirmation that this project, as well as many others, is under preparation," he said.

Within no more than four years, the existing smelter, capable of processing 80,000 t of copper concentrate a year, will be replaced by a new one that will process 200,000 t a year.

Besides an expansion of the smelting capacity, an investment will be made into purchasing and setting up two more convertors that will produce 99.8 pct copper by processing 62 pct concentrate.

"Also planned are the purchase and installation of a new anode furnace where, after treatment in convertors, 99.85 pct pure copper will be obtained," a source at Zijin told the paper.

Afterwards, the concentrate will go to an all-new electrolysis plant, which will deliver the end product - nearly 100 pct pure copper, Novosti said.


Photo: Tanjug/S.Radovanovic, file

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