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Owner Nyrstar

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Location Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
F-59950, Auby
France
Background Formerly
1869 - Compagnie Royale Asturienne des Mines
1982 - Asturienne France
1987 - Vieille Montagne France
1993 - Union Minière
- Umicore
2007 -
Nystar announced that as of 31 August 2007 it had taken ownership of the zinc and lead smelting and alloying assests of Umicore and Zinifex, thereby formally launching the company and creating the world’s largest zinc producer.
Website www.nyrstar.com
Plant Auby
Coordinates* 50º 24' 30" N, 3º 4' 35" E
Type of Plant Metallurgical
Gas Source Zinc
Plant Capacity 551 MTPD
2014: 187,000 tonnes
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Status Operating
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General The Auby smelter is located in the town of Auby in the north of France, approximately 35 kilometres south of the city of Lille. The plant is situated on a site of 138 hectares. It is adjacent to the canal de la Deûle, which connects to the seaport of Calais, and is well connected to several motorways. Zinc smelting at the site dates back to 1869.  The majority of site production is sold to the Umicore building product plant located adjacent to the aite, as well as to Nyrstar Balen/Overpelt for conversion into alloys.  In addition to producing standard zinc cathodes, the plant also produces a significant quantity of higher quality battery-grade cathodes  The site's by-products include sulphuric acid, Auby leach product, copper and an indium concentrate.

History
Auby Plant was established in 1869 by Compagnie Royale asturienne des Mines, in the middle of Coal mines area in order to access energy required for the industrial thermical process of refi ning zinc. This process remained almost unchanged until 1954, when Auby Plant modernized its process Introducing a vertical furnace “ New Jersey “. Later in 1975, the refi ning technology moved from thermical one to an hydrometallurgic (electrolysis), which is still the current process today. This major technological advancement enabled the Plant to reach 100,000 tonnes annual zinc production capacity, until the 1987 integration into “Vielle Montagne Group as “Union Miniere” and subsequently “Umicore” in 2001 increased capacity to 200,000 tonnes zinc per year. Due to downsizing capacity in 2005 to 135,000 tonnes, available infrastructure on site paved the way for the establishment of Indium Cement in 2007, coinciding with the plant’s integration into Nyrstar Group. Between 2009 and today, the plant has increased zinc production capacity to 160,000 then to 172,000 tons and developed and Indium metal refi ning process. This resulted in the 2012 establishment of an Indium Metal Production facility with an annual capacity of 48 tonnes
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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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