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:: Kidd Metallurgical Site to Temporarily Suspend Copper Operations due to Weak Copper Concentrate Supply

A shortage of third party copper concentrate is forcing the Kidd Metallurgical Site to temporarily suspend its copper operations. Effective the week of September 7th, the Kidd Metallurgical Site will start a temporary shutdown of the Copper smelter and refinery for a period of seven to ten weeks.

“In addition to reduced shipments from some of Kidd’s regular suppliers, concentrate availability is being compounded by the current Vale Inco strike in Sudbury”, explained Thompson Hickey, General Manager at the Kidd Metallurgical Site.

Xstrata Copper Canada’s Management Team has taken great care to look at all the potential solutions to this issue, trying to minimize the impacts on employees and the local community. Some employees will be laid off temporarily, although the numbers and duration have not been finalized.

“We will make all possible efforts to support our employees through this period and we hope to be in a position to return to normal operations at the site as soon as possible," added Thompson Hickey.

The Kidd Metallurgical Site will continue to operate its facilities safely and responsibly, in strict compliance with its Sustainable Development Policy.




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