The South Australian Government-supported Port Pirie transformation has achieved a major milestone with the first feed into the Top Submerged Lance (“TSL”) furnace, the centrepiece of the new facility.

The first feed into the TSL furnace marks an important step in the hot commissioning process underway at Port Pirie to prepare the new facility for full operation.

Nyrstar expects to begin ramping up production at the new multi-metal recovery facility early in 2018, bringing a step change to the environmental efficiency of its Port Pirie operations.


Nyrstar has invested about $660 million to upgrade its Port Pirie operations, supported by an innovative financing arrangement agreed with the South Australian Government.

The technology used in its redeveloped operations will allow Nyrstar to improve profitability at its Port Pirie facility, with an estimated uplift of up to EUR130 million a year by 2020 compared to its performance in 2016.

Improved environmental outcomes provided by the redevelopment will also significantly reduce lead-in-air emissions compared to the old smelter.

Quotes attributable to State Development Minister Tom Koutsantonis

With each new milestone, Nyrstar is advancing closer to completing this game-changing redevelopment.

You can feel the excitement building as the important work of hot commissioning is now underway to ensure that the new facility is fit-for-purpose and ready to ramp up in 2018.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock

Anticipation is building in Port Pirie as this transformational project inches closer to production.

I congratulate Nyrstar on achieving this major milestone and look forward to the successful ramp up of operations in the New Year and the benefits it brings to the Port Pirie community.

Quotes attributable to Nyrstar Chief Executive Officer Hilmar Rode

We have continued to deliver on our clear strategic priorities.

A major milestone was reached at the Port Pirie Redevelopment with the successful start of hot commissioning at the end of September and in the past few days the first feed to the new TSL furnace.