The upgraded smelter redirected most of the sulphur dioxide to a sulphuric acid production plant. A million tons a year of that sulphuric acid was used by WMC Fertilizers in a plant to produce superphosphate from phosphate rock at nearby Duchess. Until then, Australia had to import this widely used fertilizer.
Fluor worked with MIM to use routine maintenance periods to modify the smelting plant and connect to the acid plant by “grasshopper leg” transfer ducts. Fluor prepared the design using 3D computer modelling to eliminate clashes with existing plant and services. Trial assembly ensured that the smelter's operations proceeded smoothly without interruption to ongoing copper production.