Mining giant Glencore plans to have a new blast furnace installed at its Sudbury operations by 2026. The project is expected to cost more than $100 million.

The company’s current electric furnace was built in 1978, making it one of the longest-running furnaces of its kind in the world, according to Peter Xavier, Vice President of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.

In mining, furnaces are an important part of the smelting operation. They heat ore and separate it into two products: matte and…

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