SHANGHAI, Aug. 1 (SMM)--According to an announcement on July 22nd from Zhongjin Lingnan Nonfemet Company (Zhongjin Lingnan), the company restarted operations at its Shaoguan smelter (including the Maye plant) on July 19th, following environmental protection inspections of all but one of the smelting systems made by government inspectors.
On 21 October 2010, thallium leaks from the Shaoguan smelter polluted the upper reaches of the Beijiang River in Shaoguan City, Guangdong province, and in order to meet the environmental protection standards of the Guangdong government, the smelter was closed for the past nine months.
Zhongjin Lingnan has two zinc smelters, one of which is the Shaoguan smelter with a capacity of 200 kt/yr and is China’s first enterprise to utilize ISP pyrometallurgy technology. The other is the Danxia smelter, with a capacity of 100 kt/yr. This smelter was also closed for maintenance for one month after the Shaoguan smelter was shut down, which significantly cut zinc output from the company during 4Q 2010. Zinc output for the company also fell to 57.7 kt during 1H 2010, a drop of 60% YoY.
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