Effect of oxygen enrichment on the Teniente converter productivity at the Ilo Smelter, Perú

Jose Bengoa, Jose Palacios, Mario Sanchez

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Abstract

Low metal prices and environmental restrictions are always a challenge for copper smelters operation and its productivity. Thus, in order to reduce production costs and control gas emissions, improvements of the Teniente Converter (CT) operation were made at Ilo Smelter Plant of Southern Peru Copper Co., Ilo, Peru, and the main objective was to increase its capacity for smelting copper concentrates without affecting normal operation. The present work corresponds to a recent study conducted during the normal industrial operation of the Teniente Converter in this plant and, it shows the effect of increasing air oxygen enrichment from 28 to 34% on its productivity. The results show an increasing of concentrate smelting rate from 800 to 1370 tpd and hence a notorious improving in copper production, and practically no effect on the refractory consumption. The increment of the concentrate throughput, increases also the SO2 concentration and the sulfuric acid production, showing the effort done by this operation in order to accomplish the environmental Peruvian regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYazawa International Symposium
Subtitle of host publicationMetallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Techologies; High-Temperature Metal Production
EditorsF. Kongoli, K. Itagaki, C. Yamauchi, H.Y. Sohn, F. Kongoli, K. Itagaki, C. Yamauchi, H.Y. Sohn
Pages351-358
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventYazawa International Symposium: Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Technologies; High-Temperature Metal Production - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Mar 20036 Mar 2003

Publication series

NameYazawa International Symposium: Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Techologies; High-Temperature Metal Production
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceYazawa International Symposium: Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Technologies; High-Temperature Metal Production
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period2/03/036/03/03

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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