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Accident Hits Production at Aurubis Olen Copper Smelter in Belgium

Metal News - Published on Fri, 06 Dec 2019

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Europe’s biggest copper smelter Aurubis AG said that an accident at its plant in Olen in Belgium in November has disrupted copper production but that deliveries to customers are continuing normally. Aurubis spokeswoman said “A crane collapsed in one section of the Olen tank house holding liquids for copper production on November 19, stopping production of copper cathodes. We have been able to support the Olen plant from our smelters in Hamburg and Luenen in Germany so metal and product deliveries for customers have not been disrupted. According to the current status, the unaffected part of the tank house, where production had been stopped for precautionary reasons, is to resume work before the end of this year. The affected part is to be put back into operation in the second quarter of 2020 at the latest. All other production areas in Olen are continuing as normal.”

She added “Cooperation with other Aurubis sites will ensure the supply of copper cathodes and blister copper in order to minimize the impact on customers.”

The Aurubis group produces just over one million tonnes of copper cathodes annually. The Olen plant produces about 340,000 tonnes of copper annually with products such as rod and specialty wire mainly for west European markets.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 06 Dec 2019
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