Boliden sees year-on-year drop in 2013 sulphuric acid production

12 February 2014 14:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Sweden-based metal and sulphuric acid producer Boliden has seen its 2013 year-on-year sulphuric acid production fall by 4.2%, largely because of major planned maintenance in the summer of 2013, according to Boliden’s full-year financial results.

In the results published on 12 February, Boliden’s sulphuric acid production at its metals smelters was noted as follows:

Boliden Sulphuric Acid Production (tonnes)  

Smelter

2012 total

2013 total

Kokkola

313,221

318,619

Odda

128,171

118,778

Harjavalta

639,279

589,777

Rönnskär

553,005

536,432

Total

1,633,676

1,563,606

Sulphuric acid production in 2013 totaled 1.56m tonnes, down by 70,070 tonnes produced in 2012.

In relation to Boliden’s 2013 financial results, Boliden’s President & CEO, Lennart Evrell said: “2013 was a tough year, market-wise, with lower metal and sulphuric acid prices and a weaker USD exchange rate. This was reflected in the results both for the year as a whole and the fourth quarter.

“Metal production figures for both the full year and the fourth quarter were generally good, but were countered by the major planned maintenance shutdowns last summer, which impacted the net profit for the year," he added. 

Sulphuric acid is derived from smelters, as well as elemental sulphur. Traded sulphuric acid is primarily by-product smelter acid.

Sulphuric acid from elemental sulphur, produced as an involuntary product from oil and gas exploration, is largely used in fertilizer manufacturing and metal ore processing.

Others end-uses include, oil refining, wastewater processing, pulp and paper production, lead-battery acid manufacturing, nylon production, and chemical synthesis.


By: Julia Meehan
+44 20 8652 3214



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