Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation: Facility Utilizes Energy Assessments to Identify $930,000 in Potential Annual Savings

Karen Atkison

Research output: NRELBrochure

Abstract

Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation (KUCC) used targeted energy assessments in the smelter and refinery at its Bingham Canyon Mine, near Salt Lake City, Utah. The assessment focused mainly on the energy-intensive processes of copper smelting and refining. By implementing the projects identified, KUCC could realize annual cost savings of $930,000 and annual energy savings of 452,000 MMBtu. Theprojects would also reduce maintenance, repair costs, waste, and environmental emissions. One project would use methane gas from an adjacent municipal dump to replace natural gas currently used to heat the refinery electrolyte.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2004

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BR-840-35123

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102004-1808

Keywords

  • case study
  • copper
  • electrolytes
  • emissions
  • industrial energy efficiency
  • Kennecott
  • KUCC
  • methane
  • natural gas
  • plant-wide assessments
  • PWA
  • refinery
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • smelter
  • Utah

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