Critical timing as new Pirie smelter chief takes over

WELCOME: New smelter general manager Mark Zaborowski, left, is welcomed to the city by Port Pirie Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson.

WELCOME: New smelter general manager Mark Zaborowski, left, is welcomed to the city by Port Pirie Regional Council chief executive officer Andrew Johnson.

Mark Zaborowski is the new general manager of Nyrstar Port Pirie smelter.

Mr Zaborowski was previously based in Tasmania and has just taken over from outgoing smelter chief Bertus DeVilliers.

The change-over comes at a critical time in the $660 million “transformation” of the plant.

Mr Zaborowski said he originally trained as a metallurgist.

The latest meeting of the Port Pirie Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive was the last for Mr DeVilliers.

Mr DeVilliers was due to finish at Nyrstar on Friday before taking a senior management role with Orica in Newcastle.

Chamber president Mark Hanlon praised Mr DeVilliers for his outstanding efforts in heading up the “transformation” project.

“It has been a tough time for you, but you showed great leadership throughout,” Mr Hanlon said.

Mr DeVilliers said that while it had been extremely tough during his time at the company, he had thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Port Pirie. The “transformation” reached a milestone recently with the first feed into the new enclosed furnace built in the project.

It was an important step in the hot commissioning process that will lead to full operation. 

The company expects to begin ramping up production at the new multi-metal recovery facility early next year, boosting environmental efficiency.