2017-Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit
SIPS 2017 Volume 1. Barrios Intl. Symp. / Non-ferrous Smelting & Hydro/Electrochemical Processing

Editors:Kongoli F, Palacios M, Buenger T, Meza JH, Delgado E, Joudrie MC, Gonzales T, Treand N
Publisher:Flogen Star OUTREACH
Publication Year:2017
Pages:264 pages
ISBN:978-1-987820-61-4
ISSN:2291-1227 (Metals and Materials Processing in a Clean Environment Series)
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    Pirdop Copper Plant: An Overview of its Sustainable Growth and Progress

    Dimo Kirilov1;
    1AURUBIS BULGARIA AD, Pirdop, Bulgaria;
    Type of Paper: Plenary
    Id Paper: 326
    Topic: 6

    Abstract:

    Pirdop copper smelter and refinery is the biggest facility for smelting and refining of copper in South-Eastern Europe. The plant was commissioned in 1958 and had an initial annual capacity of 160,000 tons of anode copper. Today the plant has reached a capacity of 350,000 tons of anode coper, 230 000 tons of cathode copper and 1,220, 000 tons of sulfuric acid. Besides copper it produces also other quantities of silver, gold and selenium.
    This presentation will first give an overview of the overall growth history of the copper production of Pirdop copper smelter and refinery since its commissioning in 1958 followed by an analysis of the progress achieved in the last 10 to 15 years. Major investments during this period are described along with their significant results in achieving the company sustainable development in terms of the modernization of the process and production, protecting the environment and developing the society.

    Keywords:

    Copper; Processing; Sustainability;

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    Kirilov D. (2017). Pirdop Copper Plant: An Overview of its Sustainable Growth and Progress. In Kongoli F, Palacios M, Buenger T, Meza JH, Delgado E, Joudrie MC, Gonzales T, Treand N (Eds.), Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS 2017 Volume 1. Barrios Intl. Symp. / Non-ferrous Smelting & Hydro/Electrochemical Processing (pp. 93-94). Montreal, Canada: FLOGEN Star Outreach