Underground fire affects South32’s Cannington mine

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An underground fire has temporarily affected South32’s Cannington mine in Queensland, delaying mineral extraction at the site.

The fire damaged the load-out and shaft haulage infrastructure, with extraction of the high grade silver and lead to be delayed.

South32’s production guidance has also been reduced for the 2017 financial year.

The company reduced its payable silver production guidance from 19.05koz to 16.5koz; payable lead production from 163kt to 135kt; and payable zinc production from 80kt to 70kt.

Mill throughput has also been revised to 31.Mt, down from 3.3Mt.

Remediation work will be conducted over four weeks.

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