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Acid Plant Database  May 17, 2016

Owner KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.


ul. Zlotoryjska 194
59-220 Legnica

Background 1951 - Legnica Metallurgical Plant
1959 - Legnica Copper Smelter and Refinery
1970 - KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.
Website www.kghm.pl
Plant Legnica Smelter & Refinery
Coordinates* -
Type of Plant Metallurgical
Gas Source Copper
Shaft Furnaces, Pierce-Smith Converters 
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Plant Capacity 118,000 MTPA
Emissions -
Status Operating
Year Built -
Technology -
Contractors -
Equipment Blower
Supplier: KKK
Delivery Year: 2000
Model: SFO 9
Quantity: 1
Flow Rate: 19.8 m3/s
Pressure Rise: 500 mbar
Power: 1100 kW
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General The Legnica smelter was established in 1951 under the name Legnica Metallurgical Plant. Production at the plant began on 24 December 1953, with the casting of the first copper from ore from the so-called Old Copper Zone. On 19 March 1959 the Legnica Metallurgical Plant was transformed into the Legnica Copper Smelter and Refinery, with an annual production capacity at the time of 12.5 thousand tonnes of electrolytic copper.
The discovery of a new copper ore body and the subsequent construction of the new Lubin and Polkowice mines led to the expansion of the smelter and the increase of its production capacity to 60 thousand tonnes annually, with work starting in 1960.
In July 1970 the Legnica smelter came under the organisational control of KGHM. Since then the smelter has been constantly kept up-to-date, adapted to technological change and global production standards, especially as respects environmental protection.
Current annual production by Legnica is around 100 thousand tonnes of high-quality electrolytic copper, in the form of cathodes and billets
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News January 15, 2010 - The Polish government has sold some 10% of local mining company KGHM Polska Miedz, Europe’s largest, and the world’s sixth-largest, copper producer. The company is also the world’s number two silver producer, responsible for 7.34% of global production.  Before the sale, the Polish government owned 42% of the business and aimed to raise $750-million through the sale of up to 20-million shares. The sale was managed by a group of four investment banks, namely Citi-group, Deutsche Bank, ING Groep and Bank Zachodni WBK.  The Polish government is seeking to deal with a budget gap that has been exacerbated by the global recession and is expected to double in size. As a result, the country is selling stakes in State-owned assets to raise cash. These include shares in chemicals, energy, insurance and telecommunications companies, as well as in KGHM.  This process started last year when, according to the Polish Treasury Ministry, the country raised 6.97-billion zlotych (roughly $3-billion) from such sales. This year, the government hopes to raise 30-billion zlotych (about $10-billion) in this way, which would be a record.  Meanwhile, KGHM has announced that it is to sell 40 000 t of copper cathodes to China Minmetals Nonferrous Metals, a subsidiary of the giant China Minmetals Corporation.
The Polish miner operates three mines, at Lubin, Polkowice-Sieroszowice and Rudna. All three mines are located 70 km north-west of Wroclaw, and all three are copper/silver mines, but other, lesser, by-products are lead and some gold and rock salt (the rock salt being mined at Polkowice-Sieroszowice). The company also produces sulphuric acid and casts light metals.  KGHM has two smelters and two refineries as well. One smelter and one refinery are based at Glogow, and both produce copper and some lead. The other smelter and refinery are at Legnica and both produce mainly copper.  KGHM largely produces its copper in the form of electrolytic copper and processed wire rod, while its silver is produced as granules and bars. Annual production is some 520 000 t of refined copper and 1 100 t of silver. Its output is sold locally as well as exported to Austria, Belgium, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary and the UK.  The company owns, or has shares in, a number of subsidiaries, including health ser-vices business MCZ, mobile telecommunications company Polkomtel, and tourist industry enterprise Interferie. KGHM is based in the city of Lubin, in the province of Lower Silesia, in the south-west of the country, and is not to be confused with the city of Lublin, in the east of Poland. Poland has a significant mining industry, and is a major producer of coal, the energy mineral being one of the country’s most valuable exports. The country produces anthracite, bituminous coal and lignite, and coal production totalled 145.76-million tons in 2007, of which 57.13-million tons was consumed locally. Total Polish coal reserves are estimated at 7.5-billion tons.  In addition, Poland mines dolomite, feldspar, gypsum, kaolin, limestone. quartz and quartzite, rock salt and sulphur.

MTPD - Metric Tonne per Day           STPD - Short Ton per Day
MTPA - Metric Tonne per Annum      STPA - Short Ton per Annum
SA - Single Absorption
DA - Double Absorption

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