producer Doe Run Co. is in the process of allocating its
concentrates production into a variety of global markets as the
company moves out of the primary smelting business, a company
Jose Hansen, vice
president of sales and marketing, told AMM that Doe
Runs lead concentrate exports would total between 220,000
and 230,000 tonnes per year.
from the primary metal business into the lead concentrates
business as were going to be shutting down our primary
smelter, Herculaneum, on Dec. 31," he said. "The very low level
of impurities in our concentrates means our material is
excellent for blending purposes. Normally you need a regular
feed into your furnace and this allows us to balance any
complex material you may have."
The St. Louis-based
companys Herculaneum smelter in Missouri is being
replaced with newer, more environmentally friendly
Doe Run plans to
continue to operate the refinery and alloys area of the plant
to service its customers. "This will allow us to upgrade the
purity of some secondary lead metal and obviously produce the
alloys our customers need," Hansen said.
The company is still
working to evaluate the possibility of a commercial plant with
a demonstration plant project that is processing material from
other mines in the United States as well as externally.
"Its an ongoing process; we expect some information soon.
Hopefully in the balance of this year well know more,"
Doe Run also is
continuing to explore potential expansions via new reserves at
its own mines as well as at some resources outside Missouri.
"Its really exciting for us to see and evaluate
opportunities. Youll hear more about that in the future,"
rule out acquisitions"were always open to look at
business opportunities"and said that new applications,
particularly in advanced battery technology, mean that the
future of lead is very positive.