Vale Copper Facility
Vale has constructed a 10,000 tonne per year CESL copper plant that is operating in the Carajás region of Brazil. The plant is intended to be a prototype, supporting construction of a much larger plant to process nearby concentrates from future Vale projects.
The purpose of the plant is to train personnel in the region and to demonstrate the technology on a commercial scale. This is the first commercial hydrometallurgical facility using CESL technology. CESL process engineers and metallurgists are actively supporting operations on-site in Brazil.
Aerial view of Vale's 10 tpy copper cathode refinery using CESL Technology