Miami — Freeport-McMoRan has announced a smelter expansion project at its Miami operations which will increase copper production and also comply with new EPA standards. Upon completion of the project, the copper concentrate throughput for the smelter will increase by approximately 30 percent to a capacity of 900,000 tons per year from the current average of 700,000 tons per year. The expanded smelter capabilities will comply with the new EPA ambient air quality standard for sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions.
A major component of the project is to install a new smelting vessel which, along with modifications to other facilities in the smelter, will allow for increased copper production. Much of the construction work will be related to emission control systems in order to capture virtually all fugitive gases and particulate emissions. For the complete article see the 07-30-2014 issue.
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