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COPPER SMELTER NEWS Altonorte Expansion on Time, on Budget

ANTOFAGASTA, Chile NORANDA says its expanded Altonorte copper smelter has achieved design capacity, doubling its...


ANTOFAGASTA, Chile NORANDA says its expanded Altonorte copper smelter has achieved design capacity, doubling its concentrate feed tonnage to 820,000 t/year. The annual copper output will be 290,000 t Cu rather than 160,000 t. Sulphuric acid output will be 700,000 t, compared to 220,000 t, making Altonorte a much more environmentally acceptable operation.

The Phase III expansion cost US$170 million. Ramp-up of the larger facilities began in January 2003 without any lost-time injuries. Full capacity will be reached in July.

More information about Noranda’s worldwide operations can be found at Noranda.


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