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Acid Plant Database  March 27, 2018

Owner KGHM Polska Miedz S.A.


Glogów Smelter and Refinery
ul. Zukowicka 1, 67-231 Zukowice

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Website www.kghm.pl
Plant Glogów I Glogów II
Coordinates* 51° 41' 5" N, 15° 59' 21" E 51° 41' 14" N, 15° 58' 14" E
Type of Plant Metallurgical Metallurgical
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Status Operating Operating
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General KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. is based on stability, responsibility and a high ability to adapt. We are a company with deep traditions, rich in experience and numerous achievements. KGHM is the 6th-largest producer of copper and the 2nd-largest producer of silver in the world. The electrolytic copper of KGHM is registered by the London Metal Exchange (LME) as „Grade A", while its silver – in the form of bars – are registered under the KGHM HG brand, and hold a „Good Delivery" certificate, issued by the London Bullion Market Association (in 1995) and by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (in 2006). Other products of KGHM include gold, lead, sulphuric acid and rock salt.

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. cares about the natural environment. Enormous financial outlays and model technology and methods guarantee that the most stringent EU requirements and standards as respects environmental protection are met. KGHM is currently a Leader of Polish Ecology and an Environmentally Friendly Company, and has been honored as an Ecological Laureate of the Polish Chamber of Ecology.

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. is a modern and innovative company, being not only an attractive employer but also a people-friendly environment who together are building the value and the image of the Company. The Company treats the safety of its employees as a priority issue – KGHM was named as a Gold Card Employment Leader. The Company employs 17.9 thousand workers, while the Group has over 27 thousand people.

KGHM Polska Miedz S.A. owns shares in 30 entities, operating in various production and service-related areas.

The value of the Company is significantly impacted by its telecom assets.

KGHM is one of the largest Polish exporters, the largest employer in Lower Silesia, and a significant part of the WIG20 index – winner of a prestigious statuette for achievements in 2005. The Company was awarded the Bull and Bear prize by the Market Paper „Parkiet” in the category of best investment in a WIG20 company and the Pearl of the Polish Market prize in the raw materials and energy sector.

The Company generates enormous profits, and holds a strategic interest for the Polish economy. The year 2006 saw record results in the production of electrolytic copper – 556 624 t – and of metallic silver – 1 242 t, and above all a record profit – nearly PLN 3.4 billion and a future promising steady growth and an increase in the value of the Company.

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February 16, 2016 - Technip has been selected to provide its Dorr Oliver FluoSolids roaster system for Poland-based mining company KGHM's Glogow I copper smelter optimisation project.  The 480t per day system will include the roaster, dry concentrate feeder and calcine cooler, and in-bed steam coils for cogeneration of electricity.  These components will remove organic carbon and sulphide sulphur from copper concentrate and improve copper production at the site.  Scheduled for completion in 2017, the project will be carried out by Technip's operating centre in Claremont, California, US.  Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology president Stan Knez said: "Technip's extensive experience in roasting technology along with our proven ability to meet a demanding schedule makes us uniquely qualified for this important project."  The Glogow copper smelter produces cathode copper as well as silver, gold, and concentrates of platinum group metals.  Construction of the refinery began in 1968 and was commissioned in July 1971. Production capacity during that period was 160,000t of electrolytic copper per year.  Technip recently installed the system at the Koniambo Nickel in New Caledonia and Vale's Copper Cliff smelter in Ontario, Canada.

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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