METALS & MINERALS

Copper

Our copper assets in Canada consist of the Horne Smelter and the Canadian Copper Refinery (CCR), both based in the province of Quebec.

Our Horne Smelter is a custom copper smelter, processing concentrate from the operations of Glencore and third parties. In operation since 1927, it is now the only copper smelter in Canada and plays an important role for the Canadian copper mining industry.

Horne Smelter is one of the few plants in the world that also responsibly recycles end-of-life electronics and other copper bearing materials. Its ability to process a wide range of such feeds is one of its unique features.

1,295

direct employment

2

metal processing plants

$190m

spent with Canadian suppliers in 2017

The smelter produces anodes containing 99.1% copper. The anodes are shipped to our CCR Refinery in Montreal to be converted into copper cathodes.

Ongoing capital investments have kept the facility at the cutting edge of technology, with a strong focus on emissions reduction. Horne Smelter has the capacity to process 780,000 tonnes per year of copper bearing material.

The CCR Refinery processes copper anodes, which are converted into 99.99% copper cathodes and sold on world markets. It has been in operation since 1931 and is the only copper refinery in Canada. It also has an integrated precious metals refining plant.

CCR products include copper cathodes, gold, silver and other specialty metals and chemicals, including selenium, tellurium dioxide, nickel sulphate and a concentrate of platinum group metals.

Fast Facts

  • Our CCR copper refinery in Montreal is the only copper refinery in Canada.
  • The CCR refinery is conflict-free gold certified, meeting standards that show we do not cause, support or benefit unlawful armed conduct or contribute to human rights abuses.
  • Horne Smelter is one of the few plants in the world that also responsibly recycles end-of-life electronics and other copper bearing materials.

Glencore's CCR refinery