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Prospective metallurgists and processing engineers from Townsville Grammar School were recently hosted at Glencore’s Townsville copper refinery.

More than 80 Year 11 chemistry students and teachers toured Copper Refineries Pty Ltd (CRL) on Wednesday, as part of their electrochemistry studies. 

It was a privilege for students to have the opportunity to gain real world exposure to the electrorefining process, said Head of Faculty-Science at Townsville Grammar School, Bianca Battoraro. 

“We’re very lucky to have a significant industrial operation on our doorstep allowing students to experience an authentic working environment,” Ms Battoraro said. “This gives them a complete educational experience where they can ask questions and interact with metallurgists.” 

Visiting the refinerystudents were allowed a glimpse into industrial scale electrorefining of copper. 

They inspected each step in the process of converting impure copper anode from the Mount Isa smelter into 99.995% premium copper cathode, which is the last step in the copper production process. 

From the refinery it is transported to customers’ production facilities where it is used in a wide range of products including electrical wiring, electronic goods like TVs, mobile phones and laptops, air conditioners, home heating systems, solar panels, wind turbines, medical equipment and Electric Vehicle batteries. 

The students also learned about the exciting and recently implemented robotic handling and welding technology used for Glencore Technology’s ISAKIDDTM cathode plate manufacturing process.

To date, more than two million cathode plates have been manufactured on site since the commercial manufacture of cathode plates began in 1982. 

The refinery was one of the world’s leading electrolytic refineries and we’re pleased we can involve schools and provide educational experiences outside of the classroom, said Copper Refinery manager Paul Taylor, 

“It’s great that we can give students exposure to our processes on site so they have the opportunity to get a feel for what it’s like to work in operational areas of the resources sector,” Mr Taylor said. 

“These experiences can open their eyes to the variety of career pathways available in our industry, something they may never have considered might now be something they want to pursue.”