Inco Ltd.'s investment in a new smelter anode casting plant is expected to reduce the environmental impact of the copper anode operations and increase product quality and efficiency, says a company spokesperson.
The new $31-million smelter anode casting plant in Copper Cliff, within the City of Greater Sudbury, is the company's largest capital expenditure since the late 1980s. It replaces an older plant, and was relocated to the company's smelter complex from the nearby refinery complex.
The technology utilized in the new plant will enhance precision in the pouring of each anode, resulting in better-quality anodes. Since the plant is now part of the smelter complex, gases released from the process can be filtered through the company scrubbers, reducing the amount of pollution released into the environment, says a company spokesperson.