Aurubis, a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide, announced today it has updated its production facilities at the Pirdop copper smelter in Bulgaria with state-of-the-art technologies and executed additional improvements.
“Following the successful completion of the project, operations fully resumed in Pirdop today,” the company said. “The investments implemented will allow the site to achieve even better environmental standards in the future while also creating ideal conditions for maintaining the Pirdop plant’s exceptionally high operative performance from recent years.”
The company added that during the 40 days of the maintenance shutdown, more than 130 maintenance and repair activities were carried out in all the major production areas at the plant.
“With a total investment volume of around €60 million, the project was completed in the planned timeframe and budget,” the company said. “The maintenance shutdown was also an opportunity to execute investment projects and optimizations that will raise the plant’s energy efficiency even higher.”
Additionally, a second anode casting wheel with all the feed lines to the anode furnace was installed. This will further improve plant availability and production stability along with it.
Aurubis is a global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the world’s largest copper recyclers. The company produces more than 1 million tonnes of copper cathodes with 99.99 % purity in its European smelter network each year. In addition to copper, Aurubis produces gold, silver, platinum group metals, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, and selenium.