Kamoa Copper receives largest capacity flash smelting furnace

Kamoa Copper, a subsidiary of Ivanhoe Mines, has selected Metso Outotec to supply a high-capacity direct blister furnace to the company’s copper mining complex expansion in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The OEM said the furnace, with throughput of 500,000 tonnes per annum of copper, will have the largest licensed flash smelting capacity in the world.

The value of this type of a delivery is typically between EUR30-40 million. The order has been booked in Metals’ third-quarter orders received.

“We are pleased to support Kamoa Copper in their ambitious expansion project, in which high capacity and reliable, sustainable processes play a vital role” said Jyrki Makkonen, vice president, Smelting at Metso Outotec.

“Our collaboration has been excellent throughout the initial stages of the process, including the initial study work, basic engineering as well as pilot testing.” 

Metso Outotec’s scope of delivery consists of key equipment and automation for the direct blister furnace designed for the production of blister copper in a single flash furnace without the need for separate converting stages. It also includes intelligent safety and monitoring automation systems for the furnace.

The Kamoa-Kakula mining complex is located in the Kolwezi District of Lualaba, DRC.

Source: Metso Outotec

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