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QUESTION: Establishing a Lead Smelting Plant in Adelaide - what do I need to know? - 02 Apr 2007 SA, Australia

We are in process of setting up Lead smelting plant in Adelaide SA
We need information about the following:
Permissible lead content in Australia.
Smelting plant equipment supplier in Australia or elsewhere.
Lead pollution control regulation in Australia.
In which way you can help us in setting up such plant?
We look forward o hear from you soon.

With regards,




To: The LEAD Group

Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:02 AM

Hi Elizabeth

thanks for your mail.
I have joined the lead workers egroup also.
Please send me the detailed address of the lead recycling plant as you said so that I can buy lead from them for my India market.
I need lead concentrate also could you help me in procuring the same,
I look forward to your valuable reply.



ANSWER: 25 Jul 2007

Dear Suresh,

We sincerely apologise for having taken so long to respond to your email. However we have some information which might be useful for you and some questions to ask so that we can get you further information.

We weren't sure whether you would be setting up a Lead recycling plant. If it is so then we have a company that we can refer you to for the equipment. The company name is Engitec and some of their details including mission statement and website are as follows:

To provide our Clients with the most Innovative & Cost-Effective Technologies for the Clean and Safe production of valued goods from wastes or raw materials.
To study and develop new technologies for the clean and economic reuse of the industrial wastes. {Ref: Accessed 12th April 2006}
Regarding your request on permissible Lead content in Australia, we would like to know the specifics of whether this is on a product (named), or a part of the environment etc. before we can address the query.
On Lead pollution control regulations and setting up your plant, you would need to contact the Environmental Protection Authority Licensing Branch in state government of SA early in the process. Please see - their phone number is 8204 8565.

Also regarding setting up your plant, our database has a number of consultants who could be useful but again the specifics on the type of plant will be necessary for us to identify who is most relevant.

One possible consultant is Tarun Sabherwal in NSW whose contact is and mobile telephone is 0432398682.

Another consultant is David Sinclair. The information we have on David is as follows:

David previously worked at Pasminco Cockle Creek Smelter and was involved in the Lead in Air Working Group of the NSW Lead Taskforce during the development of the NSW Lead Management Plan in 1993. David also represented industry at the workshop in Sydney to discuss the draft NEPM on Air Quality on 23-3-98. He retired from Pasminco (called Zinifex as of 5/4/04) prior to July 2003. David is since doing consulting work. His email address is and his mobile number is 0419885717.

Please get back to us soon so that we can provide the additional details.


Patrick Mugo Muraguri

Volunteer Information Officer


From: The LEAD Group

To: Suresh

Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2007 10:52 AM

Hi Suresh,

Thanks for your phone call yesterday. The scrap metal recycler who knows the industry really, well that I was telling you about, is Andrew Thaler, or phone mobile in New Zealand 00116421763242.

As I understand it, recycled lead is available in Australia from 3 sources currently, with the fourth source (below) being in development:

  1. Simstar Alloys Pty Ltd, Australia (Previously ARA Melbourne) 50% Nyrstar interest Lead battery recycling operation Simstar Alloys Pty Ltd operates a lead acid battery recycling business in Laverton, Melbourne. Nyrstar is the operating partner.

  2. Australian Refined Alloys (ARA), Sydney, NSW  phone 02 9516 5099.

  3. Hydromet Lead Acid Battery Recycling Plant at Unanderra in Wollongong, NSW. Web: - Email Address or phone 02 4271 1822.

  4. Renewed Metal Technologies Pty Ltd Lead Acid Battery Recycling Plant at Wagga Wagga, NSW. phone (02) 6937 1900

The 8 contacts we have communicated with at the 8 Australian lead mining companies who are presumably all potential suppliers of lead concentrate are:

  1. 1, ton <> or phone 0299258100.

  2. Lennard Shelf (joint venture between Teck Cominco of Canada and Xstrata of South Africa), WA (WA); Sandy Thomas <> or phone 0891661167.

  3. Magellan Metals, WA; or phone 0892677000.

  4. Kagara Zinc Limited, WA; Kim Robinson <> or phone 0894811211;

  5. Perilya Limited WA and NSW,; Peter Eggleston or phone 0880888582 or 0862102000.

  6. BHP Billiton, VIC & Queensland (QLD); Mick Roche <>; or phone 0747225885 or 1300554757.

  7. Xstrata Mt Isa Mines, QLD; Nathan Pike <> or phone 0747442340; and MacCarthur River Mine Project (MRMP), Northern Territory (NT); Brian Hearn or phone 1800211573.

  8. Zinifex P/L, VIC & Tasmania; Matthew Foran <> or phone 0392880456.

I trust this helps. Please let us know how things turn out.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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