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Minmetals Century Zinc Concentrate May Restart Tues
Feb 1,2010 15:42CST
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SYDNEY, Feb. 1 -- Minmetals may restart zinc concentrate output at its Century mine on Tuesday, the company said on Monday, after a severe storm last week forced it to shut its export terminal and evacuate staff.

Ore mining was not interrupted but concentrate output was halted from the world's second largest zinc mine due to the proximity of the storm to the port of Karumba.

"We're undergoing a review today of the operations and if everything goes well, we hope to start up tomorrow (Tuesday)," a Minmetals spokeswoman said.

Port operations suffered "no significant damage" from the storm, she added.

Cyclone Olga crossed the coast west of Karumba, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, on Saturday with gusts of up to 110km per hour. The Bureau of Meteorology said the storm has since dissipated.

Minmetals last week said it expects the mine's zinc-in-concentrate yield to rise 38 percent to 500,000-510,000 tonnes this year after technical problems cut output in 2009.


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