Hindustan Zinc to invest Rs 570 crore on `Zinc Fumer Plant’ to reduce waste, boost volumes

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MUMBAI: Hindustan Zinc, a producer of zinc-lead-silver, will commission its first Zinc fumer plant at the cost of Rs. 570 crore to extract metals from the waste, the company said in a statement.

Hindustan Zinc loses about 27,000 MT of metal per annum in this waste, the company stated. Globally, the zinc-lead mining industries have been facing challenge towards recovery of metals from waste, it added.

Hindustan Zinc has placed formal order to China non-ferrous metal industry’s Foreign Engineering & Construction Co and it is expecting to commission the first zinc fumer plant at Chanderiya by the middle of 2018, it said.

It will improve recovery of zinc from 96.8 % to 97.5% and would add about 3000 tonnes of zinc from just one smelter per annum. It will also increase Lead production by about 4700 tonnes and Silver by 33 tonnes per annum.

Hindustan Zinc has an overall current capacity to produce about 825,000 tonnes of Zinc, 180,000 tonnes of Lead and about 500 tonnes of Silver.