Metallurgie News


SALCO’s aluminium production to reach 300,000 t in the first phase

According to a recent report, the aluminium capacity in the first phase of production at South Aluminium Company (SALCO) is likely to reach 300,000 t. SALCO is located in the city of Lemerd in the southern tip of the Fars province and near the Persian Gulf.


Bauxilum suspends bauxite, alumina production for unstable power supply and mismanagement

According to a recent report, CVG Bauxilum, Venezuela state-owned bauxite and alumina producer, has suspended its bauxite and alumina production due to a lack of imported materials, stable power supply, and mismanagement. The company and union officials said they renounced the plans of ramping up the monthly production levels of 18,000 tonnes of alumina and reviving the company’s 6 mill. t/a year open-pit bauxite mine before the end of 2020 for the uncertain future.


First Quantum’s Cobre Panama hits commercial production

Copper miner First Quantum Minerals achieved commercial production at its Cobre Panama mine on September 1, one month ahead of schedule. According to a company press release, the Panamanian mine is set to produce 140,000 to 175,000 t of copper in 2019. By the end of September, the mine had produced 87,142 t. Cobre Panama currently has three operating milling trains, with seven operating mills. An eighth mill is expected to be up and running by Q4 2019. “Throughput is expected to be running at an annualized rate of at least 72 mill. t/a by the end of 2019, increasing to 85 mill. t/a during 2020 after the eighth mill is fully ramped-up,” reads a part of the press release. By 2023, annual throughput is expected to reach 100 mill. t/a and will result in over 350,000 t of copper production per year.