Uzbekistan’s Almalyk MMC to boost production of copper, non-ferrous metals

Business Materials 2 December 2019 13:09 (UTC +04:00)
Uzbekistan’s Almalyk MMC to boost production of copper, non-ferrous metals

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 2

By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:

Uzbekistan’s Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Complex (AMMC) intends to significantly increase production of copper and non-ferrous metals by 2023, Trend reports citing the company's press service.

AMMC will be able to achieve this goal thanks to the implementation of six major projects to modernize production at the smelter, reads the message.

The AMMC smelter is unique not only on the scale of Uzbekistan, but is also one of the largest such facilities in the world. AMMC obtains cathode copper from copper sulfide concentrate, precious metals - gold and silver, rare metals - rhenium, molybdenum, selenium, tellurium, as well as sulfuric acid and vitriol.

This year, a long-term record was broken at the enterprise - the monthly production of cathode copper exceeded 13,000 tons. Prior to this, the maximum figure was slightly over 12,800 tons, and it was set in March back in 1985.

The smelting plant has already begun work under the program of modernization, technical and technological re-equipment. In the near future, it is planned to implement six projects here, said the plant's director Bakhtiyar Vakkasov, reads the message.

It is also planned to build fifth sulfuric acid workshop with equipment from the German Outotec GmbH company. Its production capacity will be 600,000 tons of acid sulfate.

According to Vakkasov, the stage of modernization of the converter-acid redistribution of metallurgical production will follow. In particular, the construction of the fifth converter furnace and increasing the capacity from 75,000 to 100,000 tons of black copper will be discussed. The new furnace will be equipped with modern gas purification electrostatic precipitators.

All these projects will already allow in 2023 to produce 250,000 tons of cathode copper and 120,000 tons of zinc metal per year, as well as significantly increase the production of precious and rare metals, create a thousand new jobs.

Currently, the plant continues to select potential project executors who are selected on a competitive basis.


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