In 2004, CAgroup contracted with Aker Kvaerner to supply 30,927 new anodes for the Minera Spence SX-EW plant at Antofagasta in Northern Chile. This was one of the largest single orders for anodes awarded world-wide on the basis of the exceptional quality, delivery and price of CAgroup . These anodes were supplied in full and on time and have been in successful operation since.
With an expected anode life of 7-8 years, it is a testament to the quality and life expectancy of CAgroup anodes that most of them are still in operation 10+ years after installation. Whilst several orders have been supplied by CAgroup to Minera Spence in recent years for replacement of a number of anodes, the majority in operation are still the original anodes supplied in 2005.
CAgroup continues to monitor and assess the performance of these anodes, improving on the design and anode performance with each new replacement.