Mount Isa Mines has successfully completed a 38-day, $30 million copper smelter rebrick project on time and on budget to keep the city’s smelting operations ticking.
The shutdown project required a workforce of about 700 people, including 230 Glencore employees and almost 500 contractors from local and regional companies.
It covered works including laying 2500 tonnes of refractory bricks in the ISASMELT furnace, an anode furnace, and two rotary holding furnaces.
Glencore North Queensland Copper Operations chief processing officer Richard Harvey said the shutdown’s success was testament to the dedicated team who had been planning for the project for months.
“Our rebrick has been completed safely, on budget and on schedule and will enable our smelting operations in Mount Isa to continue,” he said.
“Our investment in this rebrick is a positive demonstration of our confidence in advanced metals processing in Mount Isa.
“While we can’t predict future market conditions, we will maintain our metallurgical assets as long as they remain economically viable”.