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KGHM Copper

Location

Lubin area, southwest Poland

Ownership

KGHM Polska Miedz SA (100%)

Geology

Stratiform ore deposit in host rocks of Permian age

Mineral types

Chalcocite, bornite, chalcopyrite

Reserves

922Mt mineable material (2005)

Annual production

560,000t copper, 1,244t silver plus crude lead and salt (2005)

Mining method

Predominantly room-and-pillar

Recovery method

Conventional concentrators feed two shaft and one flash smelter; copper is electro-refined, silver etc recovered in precious metals plant

Employment

17,900

Mining

Atlas-Copco electro-hydraulic drill rigs, Mine Master (Boart-Longyear) low-profile production and rockbolting drill rigs, BTZ roofbolters, Stamler ore feeders

Ore processing

Nordberg cone crushers

Smelting

Outokumpu flash furnace (Glogow II)
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