5 The Old Copper Smelting Plants

The Old Copper Smelting Plants

Posted on May 1, 2013 by team


“Karabashmed” is one of the oldest copper smelting plants of the South Ural located in the city of Karabash. The main activity of the plant is making blister copper from copper concentrate with a preliminary enrichment of copper-zinc ores and also from recycled copper raw material.

Another company we gonna visit is “Kyshtymskiy Electrolytic Copper Plant” which is in the city of Kyshtym of the Chelyabinsk region. It makes copper cathodes, copper rods and precious metals from blister copper and copper-containing secondary raw materials.

“Karabashmed”, JSC. is a city forming company of Karabash.

Today it’s the only metallurgic company in Russia wotking with an advanced technology “Ausmelt”. In November 2006 one “Ausmelt” copper-smelting furnace replaced six one hundred years old shaft furnaces.

Here old shaft furnaces used to be placed.

Copper concentrate loading.

The main building of the processing plant and inside is a ball mill with a central loading of copper-zinc ores.

The new furnace allowed to increase the plant performance up to 90 thousand tons of blister copper a year while fume gas volume decreased sixfold.

The general view of the “Ausmelt” furnace.

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5 Responses to “The Old Copper Smelting Plants”

  1. Zoidberg says:

    Excellent quality pictures

  2. thatdeadguy says:

    Nice to see a factory that isn’t abandoned for a change.

  3. Pedro says:

    Lovely photos.
    I love copper. one of my favourite elements. I’m very worried about the environment. so much pollution… they could minimize it. pouring slag into earth is considered an environmental crime. slag can be used to make concrete.

  4. R G Rajulu says:

    Cute and nice pictures

  5. R G Rajulu says:

    A good copper smelting plant

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