ONTARIO – Vale has taken delivery of the first of four new converters as part of its Clean AER (atmospheric emissions reduction) project in Sudbury. The project involves a complete retrofit of the converter aisle in the Copper Cliff smelter.
Vale says the Clean AER project will cost $2 billion, and as such it is one of the largest single environmental investments in Ontario history. When the project is complete, sulphur dioxide levels from the smelter will be reduced 70% from current levels. Dust and metals emissions will be reduced a further 35% to 40%.
The delivery of the first converter is as wide as both lanes of the local roads, and Vale has apologized for any inconvenience that may cause for local residents. (Vale.com)