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Acid Plant Database August 5, 2011

Owner Armenian Copper Programme CJSC

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Location Alaverdi
Lori Province
Background ACP is part of the Vallex Group

- Alaverdi Copper Foundry
- Manes Yev Vallex CJSC

Website www.copper.am
Plant -
Coordinates* 41° 6' 2" N, 44° 39' 38" E
Type of Plant Metallurgical
Gas Source Copper
Plant Capacity 180,000 STPA
Status -
Year Built -
Technology -
Contractor -
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ACP is a private company registered and running in Armenia since 1997. Until changing the company name as of January 1, 2002, the company was known as Manes yev Vallex cjsc.

The company owns the only copper smelting facility in the whole region, thus being positioned to process and export all copper containing raw materials available both in Armenia and neighboring countries. The smelting and mining facilities the company owns have a history of over 230 years. In the 18th and 19th centuries Alaverdy Copper Smelter was able to produce as much as 60 to 200 tons of copper per annum. At the beginning of the 20th century the production capacity was at about 2,000 tons of copper per year. The peak of production was achieved at 1980s-90s, when nearly 55,000 tons of refined copper was being produced annually.

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July 19, 2011 - Valeri Mejlumyan, Chairman of the Vallex Group, a major player in the mining sector of Armenia and Artsakh, yesterday stated that $1 million has already been invested to move the smokestack of the Alaverdi copper smelter to the top of Mt. Koshaberd.  Mr. Mejlumyan says that the move is temporary however but it will help improve the environmental situation in the northern Armenian town of Alaverdi.  Anyone who has visited Alaverdi will vividly remember the sight of the giant smokestack looming over the town and the plumes of exhaust spilling out of it.  The mining mogul told reporters in Alaverdi that problems would persist after the smokestack was moved but that they would be small in comparison to what exists today.  One might logically ask what the point of spending $1 million on such a project is if it is only temporary solution to the environmental challenges faced by Alaverdi and its residents.  The question becomes all the more relevant when you take into account the fact that by relocating the smokestack to a higher elevation, the plume of exhausts will expand in diameter by 2.5 kilometers.  There are objective reasons behind the positive spin of Mr. Mejlumyan's message to the public.  The copper-molybdenum mine in nearby Teghout will be up and running in the next two years. It is being operated by a Teghout CJSC, a subsidiary of Vallex Group.  The Teghout operation will produce about 28,000 tons of copper ore a year. This will be in addition to the 23,000 already produced in Armenia; mostly at the Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine. (60% of the shares of ZCMC are owned by CRONIMET, a German company).  To reprocess the new ore, Vallex Group realizes the need for a modern smelter in Alaverdi.  Mejlumyan, at yesterday's press conference stated that, based on global smelter experience, there are 2 main prerequisites for efficient smelter construction and operation – first, there is the need for adequate transportation and second, the smelter must have the capacity for 150-200,000 tons per year.  In order to be profitable, Mejlumyan predicts that the Alaverdi smelter must process at least 60,000 tons.  Vallex is also looking to construct a huge sulphuric acid processing operation at Alaverdi. Two years ago, when global demand was depressed, Mejlumyan didn't want to hear about the suggestion from local residents.  To date, Vallex has spent 100 million AMD to secure investments at Teghout and Mejlumyan says that most of the heavy work has already been completed.  "Most of the large contracts have already been signed and we've reached a point where it's not up to the banks and whether they will offer loans or not," he told reporters.  He particularly noted the agreement signed with Caterpillar Inc for heavy mining and transportation equipment.  What all this will mean for Alaverdi still hasn't been discussed by local residents.  When asked about the environmental risks posed by such a large-scale smelter and reprocessing plant, Armenian Copper Programme (ACP) Executive Director Gagik Arzumanyan told reporters that the company remains concerned about such risks and is willing to listen to all suggestions as to how best minimize them.  The ACP head noted the mining exports are a huge percentage of Armenia's foreign trade and that the sector must be developed, but not at the expense of other economic sectors.

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

* Coordinates can be used to locate plant on Google Earth