Doe Run Peru Inaugurates New Lead Acid Plant in La Oroya

Plant will bring substantial reduction in La Oroya plant emissions

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The new $50 million plant will treat sulfur dioxide emissions from the lead circuit of its La Oroya metallurgical complex.

the fruits of the project's labor will be seen in an improved quality of life for the people of La Oroya.

La Oroya, Peru (PRWEB) October 1, 2008

Doe Run Peru has inaugurated a $50 million plant to treat sulfur dioxide emissions from the lead circuit of its La Oroya metallurgical complex.

The plant, which was inaugurated Tuesday after a 15-month construction process, is considered central to further reducing emissions in La Oroya and is expected to significantly lower the levels of sulfur dioxide in the air of the mountain community.

The project was completed on time and is the second of three sulfuric acid plants being constructed under the company's environmental operating agreement with the Peruvian government, known by its Spanish acronym, PAMA. The first sulfuric acid plant, for the zinc circuit, is already in operation; A third plant for the copper circuit is also under construction and should be completed by October 2009 together with an upgrade of the copper circuit technology.

"It has been essential for Doe Run Peru to finish this plant on time as it demonstrates in deeds our commitment and desire to meet our obligations to the Peruvian government and the city of La Oroya," said Juan Carlos Huyhua, Doe Run Peru's president and general manager. Huyhua added that "the fruits of the project's labor will be seen in an improved quality of life for the people of La Oroya."

Also Tuesday, the company inaugurated a modern dispatch center for the sulfuric acid the plant will produce once it extracts the sulfur dioxide from the air. The plant has a capacity of 30,700 metric tons of sulfuric acid.

About Doe Run Peru

Doe Run Peru is a mining and metals company operating in Peru's central Andes. The company has run the La Oroya metallurgical complex since 1997 and the Cobriza mine in Huancavelica since 1998, producing high quality refined metals while at the same time working to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

For more information visit http://www.doerun.com.pe.

Contact:
Víctor Andrés Belaunde
+(511) 215-1285
vbelaunde @ doerun.com.pe

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