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03 Jun 2019

Sterlite Industries, the first private sector smelter in India, has a reputation for efficient, environmentally friendly operations.

Project overview:

In 2003-04 Sterlite decided to upgrade their process control operations and increase copper smelter production capacity. This required a new larger ISASMELT furnace and associated waste heat boiler, rotary holding furnace, ESP, acid plant and refinery.

Mipac scope:

  • Control system and instrumentation design for ISASMELT furnace and feed preparation area
  • Control system configuration for ISASMELT, feed preparation, ESP, waste heat boiler
  • Control system training
  • Supply of lance hoist control equipment packages
  • Commissioning assistance

Technical highlights:

  • Yokogawa Centum CS3000 DCS
  • Siemens PLC for hoist package
  • Siemens Flux Vector Drive.


Sterlite Industries now boasts a smooth operation with an increase in production capacity from 150,000 to 300,000 tonnes per year. Sterlite was recently awarded a five star rating by the British Safety Council. This is the first time a copper smelter has been awarded such a high rating.

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