Ravensthorpe to drop 50 workers

First Quantum Minerals will cut 50 jobs at the Ravensthorpe
nickel mine, positions which are no longer required after the temporary closure
in December.

The processing plant was temporarily closed last year after
an atmospheric leach tank burst on December 14.

FQM have said they will not require the 50 workers until
their secondary processing circuit is restarted.

Twelve of the workers live locally, and the rest are on FIFO
rosters.

First production from the primary high-pressure circuit is expected
next week, which will have the plant running at 70 per cent capacity while
remaining repairs are carried out.

FQM have said the production capacity will be around 24,000
to 30,000 tonnes in 2015, but do not know when they will return to full
capacity.

The Ravensthorpe mine produced 36,445 tonnes of nickel
concentrate in 2014, failing to meet their production target of 38,000 tonnes.

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