Metal recycling giant Aurubis is constructing a state-of-the-art EUR 33 million hydrometallurgical plant in Beerse, Belgium. The site will feature advanced sludge processing and is scheduled to be become operational within two years.
An upgraded facility will process anode sludge, a valuable intermediate product from electrolytic copper refining produced at the Aurubis recycling sites in both Belgium and Germany (Lünen).
The existing plant in Beerse processes about 250 000 tonnes of multi-metal scrap annually. Input ranges from complex residues to higher-grade scrap types, from which metals, metal products, and minerals are produced.
‘The new process will enable faster extraction of more precious metals, such as gold and silver, as well as full recovery of tin from the anode sludge,’ the company says. ‘With this investment, we are committing to further developing Aurubis Beerse. “Advanced Sludge Processing by Aurubis” strengthens our position as the most efficient and sustainable integrated smelter network worldwide.
‘Since the acquisition of the sites in Beerse and Berango in 2020, Aurubis has further expanded its role as one of the world’s leading copper recyclers and now processes a total of more than one million tonnes of recycling materials per year.’