Tankhouse modernization at CCR

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 971, 1993

J. Thiriar, R.J. Geren and V. Baboudjian, Noranda Copper Smelting and Refining, CCR Refinery, Montreal East, Quebec

The electrolytic tan/chouse at CCR was recognized by management as lagging behind modem refineries in terms of productivity, energy efficiency and controls. The operation was also burdened by high maintenance costs of cells, floors and electrolyte recircula-tion systems. A bench marking program was started in 1986 to evaluate processes and other technology by visiting major copper refineries in North America, Europe and Japan. The basic principles necessary to optimize the operation were defined, and a program called CCR 2000 was prepared for approval of the necessary capital investments. This paper describes the results obtained to date and outlines the remaining work to complete the modernization program, in particular, the control of electrolytes, the elimination of the Baltimore groove and studies to modernize the stripping operation or adopt permanent cathode technology.
Mots Clés: Copper electrorefining, Mechanization, Controls, Cell construction.