The Russian Copper Company (RCC) was founded in 2004 and has since become one of the biggest copper producers in all of Russia. From mining and processing to production and sales, the RCC manages 8 mining enterprises that cover the complete production cycle. The enterprises of the RCC Group are capable of producing up to 390 thousand tons of copper in cathode equivalent annually.
One of those enterprises - The Novgorod Metallurgical Plant – was commissioned in 2003 and became a starting point for the new company. This plant was the first copper-producing asset of the RCC. The unique site combines copper scrap processing from both high-grade scrap and low-grade scrap in a single technological process. Originally, the plant was solely producing cathodes but later included wire rod as well (semifinished material for copper wires and cables).
Metso Outotec and the Novgorod Metallurgical Plant have a long-standing history together, with the relationship dating back to 2004. Outotec (the latter became Metso Outotec in June 2020) was chosen to deliver the entire plant, including engineering and most of the equipment. The full scope of supply included full basic engineering, cranes, tank house cells, full deposit cathodes, matrix for anode preparation, stripping machine, TROF converter, Mertz anode casting furnace, KUMERA and 2 anode casting systems.