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
Boliden Sulphuric Acid Production (tonnes)
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.
|ICIS news FREE TRIAL|
|Get access to breaking chemical news as it happens.|
|ICIS Global Petrochemical Index (IPEX)|
Asian Chemical Connections