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Acid Plant Database  January 26, 2017

Owner Thai Copper Industries Public Co., Ltd.


9 Moo 8 Mapkha-Puakdaeng Road
Tumbol Mapkha King Ampur
Rayong 21180


1994 - July - Establishment of Thai Copper Industries (TCI)
1995 - October - Ground breaking and construction at Rayong Industrial Park
1998 - February - Project suspension due to the Asian economic crisis
2003 - January - Resumed Construction
2004 - July - Started running Thailand’s first copper smelter and refinery plant
2005 - September - Plant re-engineering to improve smelting equipment performance

Website www.thaicopperind.com
Plant Rayong Plant
Coordinates 12° 47' 57" N, 101° 12' 12" E
Type of Plant Metallurgical
Gas Source Copper
Teniente Converter
Plant Capacity 1800 MTPD
Status Operating
Year Built 2004
Technology Chemetics
Contractor Davy-Chemetics
Remarks Interacid Trading S.A. market the acid produced.
General Thai Copper Industries PCL (TCI) was established in 1994 as the first copper smelter and refinery at Rayong Industrial Park in Thailand with the aim to produce 99.99% pure refined copper in order to meet the Kingdom’s growing demand for refined copper and reduce the nation’s dependence on imports.  TCI was formed representing a cooperation of investment and the most advanced technology from South America, Europe and Australia to ensure highest standards of quality and environmental protection. The smelting factory at Rayong was established with an initial investment of over 24 billion baht (783 million USD).
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March 8, 2007 - On January 31, CODELCO-CHILE AND THAI COPPER INDUSTRIES Co. signed, in the middle of reciprocal samples of satisfaction, the Act with which the successful Implementation of the Lieutenant Reactor and related equipment in the Rayong Smelter, To Thai Copper Industries Co., thus completing this activity.  During the start-up period, in a period of less than two months, it was possible to demonstrate the full operational flexibility and potentiality of the Lieutenant Reactor, with daily fusions reaching 1,500 tons per day: that is, a value close to 90% with With respect to the capacity of design, in a very fast learning curve. In the light of the results, there is great satisfaction among all those who participated in the Codelco Start-up team for the mission accomplished.  As of February 1, Codelco's team - consisting of thirty-two specialists and administrative staff - began returning to Chile to rejoin their divisions of origin, after three months of participation in this successful experience.  Achieving the design conditions of the facilities is now in the hands of the professional and technical staff of Thai Copper Industries Co, which with the support of CODELCO has received the training and training to successfully operate the technology of the Lieutenant Reactor (also known as El Teniente Converter).  The successful start-up of Thai Copper marks an important milestone for this Thai company in the production of high purity copper highly demanded. This fact also confirms the superiority of Lieutenant Reactor technology in that part of the Asian continent. (www,codelco.com)

Thai Copper Industries Public Co. Ltd.’s copper smelter closed in 2007. (USGS 2009 Minerals Yearbook)

December 9, 2006 - TCI has started producing Copper Cathode again from Dec 9, 2006 after the shut down of the plant and its smelting operations for approximate 17 months for the overhaul and maintenance works.   The new start up operations of TCI plant was assisted by the Chilean experts of over 120 persons from CODELCO and INDEC and with the technology transfer from those experts who can be accounted as one of the World’s best Copper Smelting know- how/technology holders

June 1, 2004 - The world's newest copper smelter was handed over from the EPC contractor Aker Kvaerner to Thai Copper on May 6. Aker Kvaerner's specialized commissioning and plant services business unit, Aker Kvaerner Bowen, has been contracted for assistance in further commissioning and ramp-up efforts. The USD 580 million smelter and refinery complex is scheduled to reach full production by mid 2005.  Approximately 5.0 million manhours were performed under an extremely good safety record.  The new smelter and refinery will produce 165,000 tonnes per year of 99.999 percent pure copper with the recognized industry standard LME Grade A. The production comprises 150,000 tonnes per year of copper from concentrates and 15,000 tonnes per year of copper from scrap.

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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