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Acid Plant Database  June 22, 2015

Owner Kazatomprom - Kazakhstan State Nuclear Company

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Website www.kazatomprom.kz
Plant Plant 1 Plant 2
Coordinates* 52° 28' 55.5" N, 72° 3' 28.5" E -
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity - 180,000 STPA (163,300 MTPA)
450 MTPD
Status - Operating
Year Built - 2015 
Technology - MECS
Contractor - Desmet Ballestra Italy
Remarks Plant shut-down for ecological reasons Estimated cost: $74 million
General H2SO4 produced will be used for processing the uranium ore through the In-Situ Leaching process 
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News January 5, 2015 - During the national teleconference “New industrialization of Kazakhstan: results of 2014 and the first five-year plan” on 25 December, President Nursultan Nazarbyaev has spoken about the industrialization program and launched a plant for the production of sulfuric acid, Tengrinews reports citing BNews.kz.“I congratulate the enterprises on the beginning of their activities," said Nazarbayev paying special attention to the factory for the production of ceramic bricks, which was launched earlier the same year and had produced more than 170 mln bricks."Building materials are very important. They will be used in our country. You see the housing program we are launching is big. So we need to expand production,” Nursultan Nazarbayev said. After that, the head of state unveiled the plant for production of sulfuric acid in Stepnogorsk town.  "It is a very important moment for Stepnogorsk mining and processing plant that has survived the hard times. Congratulations to your staff, families and your region on these good developments. I wish you success and good health. Happy New Year," Nursultan Nazarbayev said when launching the plant.  The cost of this project was 12,230 mln tenge ($67mln). As the director of Sulfuric Acid Plant Kazatomprom Yerlan Mami said, the new plant used advanced energy saving technologies.  "As a result of the launch of the sulfuric acid production, for the first time in Kazakhstan production will be switched from iron sulfide to Kazakhstan's raw materials - lump sulfur (Tengizchevroil), and will meet the needs of Kazatomprom (Kazakh nuclear giant) for sulfuric acid," Mami said.  Implementation of the project will help solve the problem of processing the sulfur that comes as a side product in Tengizchevroil's oil operations that has a negative impact on the ecological situation in the Caspian region. Moreover, the new plant will contribute to the development of the chemical industry in northern Kazakhstan.  The start of production is planned for the second quarter of 2015.

November 15, 2011
- Commercial Director Almaz Gimadov will join an audience of the event. Building of Stepnogorsk Mining and Chemical Industrial Complex has been begun in 1955, in the modern organizational form works since 2004. The industrial complexes of the mining and processing enterprises are in trust management of National Atomic Company Kazatomprom. Work of basic manufacture of SGKhK is provided with a number of divisions and affiliated structures. The enterprises Shantobe Energo and Agro-Chance function on the basis of deposits Vostok and Zvezdnoe on which extraction of uranium-molybdene and uranium ores is conducted. On capacities of hydrometallurgical factory Kyzyltu (designed capacity is 1 million tones ores a year) is processed ore of stepnogorsk deposits. The hydrometallurgical factory of Stepnogorsk Gas and Chemical Complex are engaged in processing of uranium-containing ore and concentrates of natural uranium of the enterprises entering into Kazatompromstructure, capacity is 4 thousand tones of uranium lower-oxide a year. Sulphuric factory has been started in 2006, together with the Italian partners work on designing and 
installation of new sulphuric factory by productivity of 180 thousand tones a year is conducted. Sulfuric acid is the major raw resource for underground desalination of uranium deposits.

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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