Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company (TEMCO) is a manganese alloy plant located in Tasmania, Australia.
Using the ore shipped from GEMCO, TEMCO produces high carbon ferromanganese (HCFeMn), silicomanganese (SiMn) and sinter, primarily using hydroelectric power. The majority of TEMCO’s alloy production is exported to customers in Asia and North America, with the balance of TEMCO’s production being sold to steel producers in Australia and New Zealand.
TEMCO was established by BHP in 1962 at the Bell Bay site, where it had access to a sheltered deep water port and cheap hydroelectric power.
TEMCO’s first furnace was commissioned in 1962. In 1966, TEMCO began to process GEMCO manganese ore. Three additional furnaces were commissioned in 1966 (Furnace No. 2), 1976 (Furnace No. 5) and 1977 (Furnace No.3).
Operations have been subject to a number of improvements since the 1970s. More recently, in 2001 TEMCO installed its first high conductivity freeze lining at Furnace No.1, which enabled the furnace to operate at higher loads. Freeze lining has been installed during subsequent rebuilds of other furnaces, with Furnace No.5 being the last one to be converted in September 2009.
- Vice President Operations, TEMCO
Jen Bennett has been in the resource industry since 1997 and has worked for four different companies across various commodities. She has held roles within engineering, operations leadership, long term planning and Health, Safety, Environment and Community.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from The University of Adelaide.