Vale Sudbury is taking delivery of the first of four converters to be installed at its Copper Cliff smelter that will dramatically reduce sulphur dioxide emissions up the Super Stack.
The converters are major components in the nickel miner's $2-billion Clean AER (Atmospheric Emissions Reduction) program.
The first converter was scheduled to arrive with a police escort at the smelter on Sept. 20.
Project director Dave Stefanuto said its “major step in achieving our emissions reductions and is a tangible example that we are on our way to successfully completing this project.”
The plan is to cut sulphur dioxide emissions at the smelter by 70 per cent from its current levels, and reduce dust and metal emissions by 35 to 40 per cent.
In retrofitting the smelter, sulphur dioxide will be captured in a wet gas cleaning plant and acid plant, converted to sulphuric acid and sold.