The Port Pirie Operation

Located on the eastern shore of the Upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia, approximately 230 kms north of Adelaide, the Smelter has been in constant operation for 127 years. There is an adjacent dedicated port facility where concentrates are received, with final products dispatched by road and rail.

  • Port Pirie is a primary lead smelter which also has the flexibility to treat a small range of other metal bearing feed material. Port Pirie is one of the world’s largest primary lead smelting facilities and the third largest silver producer, which allows it to benefit from significant economies of scale.

  • Port Pirie is strategically linked to the Hobart operation through flows of by-products such as paragoethite and leach products.

Nyrstar has announced it has signed a binding agreement for the final funding and support package for the redevelopment of the Port Pirie smelter to an advanced polymetallic processing and recovery facility.

Redevelopment of the Port Pirie smelter will deliver a fundamentally different business model for Port Pirie. The redeveloped operation will be capable of processing a wider range of high margin metal bearing feed materials.

Government planning approvals have been granted allowing the construction phase to begin this year with the new facility to commence hot commissioning in late 2017.

Fast Facts


  • Port Pirie, South Australia


  • The Port Pirie operation incorporates a lead smelter and refinery, a precious metals refinery, a copper plant and a zinc plant


  • Commodity grade lead, zinc, silver, copper cathode, gold and sulphuric acid


  • 748 employees