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UPDATE 1-Pan Pacific's Hitachi Plant May Open in April
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Mar 25,2011

Mar.24  (Reuters) - Pan Pacific Copper, Japan's biggest copper smelter, said on Thursday it aims to resume operations at its Hitachi copper refinery north of Tokyo in April.

The plant, capable of producing 136,000 tonnes a year, has been suspended since a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11.

"We are checking the scope of damage to facilities and doing repairs, aiming to resume operations in April," the company said.

Pan Pacific, part of JX Holdings Inc , said last October that it planned to produce combined 564,800 tonnes of copper in the year to March 31. The company has two other copper smelting facilities in west Japan.

It will announced its April-September production plan on April 1.




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