Copper smelting plant starts production

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State-of-the art copper oxide ore smelting plant in the country has commenced production after completion of tests. 
 
The plant located at TRL workshop in Dar es Salaam has produced high quality blister of about 95 per cent purity.
 
The company, Danformation, said in Dar es Salaam that a system that controls emissions has been installed to check against environmental pollution. 

Danformation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joshua Dalgaard told the ‘Daily News’ that the next stage is to embark on mass smelting after receiving consignments from suppliers mainly from Singida, Mpanda, Tunduru and Morogoro.

“We are very happy with the result. The 95 per cent pure copper blister is an outcome of quality of ores and smelter. Anyone can run a furnace but not a copper smelter,” he said. The tests started since March this year and were completed about a week ago.

He said that the country can now export copper blister ingots instead of raw products.  

“This is value addition of the copper ore and it will increase the amount of hard earned foreign exchange and at the same time boost income by copper artisanal  miners,” the CEO said. 

He said that the plant has two furnaces and two more with installed output capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per month would be built.

Currently, he said, the company has employees in Singida and Morogoro educating small miners on how to produce quality copper ores. He said that future plans are to educate medium scale miners. Raw materials come mainly from Ruvuma, Lindi, Dodoma, Kigoma, Singida, Morogoro, Tanga, Iringa, Mbeya and Rukwa.

The plant is using Danish technology and runs ten hours a day before turning to a full-swing operating 24 hours in the next few months, he said. He added that the plant has a capacity to smelt around 50 metric tonnes of raw copper oxide ores per day.

After smelting, by-products, called slake, are granulated and used in brick making, road construction as under layer and also used for sandblasting ships to give it a fresh look. 

The Ministry of Minerals and Energy licensed the company to smelt copper oxide ore and produce copper blister ingots — for ten years renewable.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz, reported by Abduel Elinaza
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