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Xstrata Copper to Double Electronic Scrap Recycling Capacity

January 16, 2008 at 19:23 by Mario

Switzerland-based Xstrata Copper announced Wednesday plans to double the electronic scrap recycling capacity at its Horne smelter in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, to 100,000 mt/year.
The expansion will position Xstrata Copper to meet the growing need for electronic scrap smelting capacity as the use of electronic equipment increases and the volume of electronic waste becomes a serious environmental problem.
The European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive now requires all electronic scrap to be recycled. Similar legislation is also being adopted in other parts of the world.
At the Horne smelter, electronic scrap is processed to recover copper and precious metals for use in new products.
The expansion will leverage Horne’s existing smelting technology to process larger volumes of electronic scrap. The main part of the project will be the modification of the Horne’s receiving and sampling processes.
Phase 1 of the expansion is expected to be completed by January 2009 and phase 2 will be ready by January 2010.
Xstrata Copper, the world’s fourth-largest copper producer, has annual managed production of over 1 million mt.

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