NEW YORK Doe Run Co. has
begun the process of restarting its primary lead smelter at
Herculaneum, Mo., and the company expects to meet its
production targets for May.
The facility was closed for
repairs following an electrical fire March 20 that forced power
to the site to be shut down. The company subsequently declared
force majeure, saying that production would be halted
for four to six weeks (AMM, March 30).
Jose Hansen, vice president of
sales and marketing at St. Louis-based Doe Run, told
AMM Friday that the operation is back online. "All the
repairs to the electrical system have been completed, and
weve begun the process of restarting the plant," he
While some production has
already resumed, Hansen said that the facility is not yet in a
"continuous production" mode. "It will take a few days to make
all the adjustments."
He said the company intends to
make up for lost tonnage. "Our annual production rate is
130,000 tons of lead, and thats what we are planning to
produce this year," he said.
Hansen told AMM sister
publication Metal Bulletin last month that the company
is set to close its existing smelter at Herculaneum by December
2013 as part of previously announced plans to build a new lead
refinery at the site.