Explosion Disrupts Xstrata’s Norwegian Copper Production

7 February 2011 (Last Updated February 7th, 2011 18:30)

An explosion has disrupted Xstrata's copper production operations at its copper and nickel plant in Norway. The explosion at a roasting facility in Xtrata's Kristiansand plant, which killed an 18-year-old worker, has ruled out the possibilities of producing calcine, an ingredient in co

An explosion has disrupted Xstrata's copper production operations at its copper and nickel plant in Norway.

The explosion at a roasting facility in Xtrata's Kristiansand plant, which killed an 18-year-old worker, has ruled out the possibilities of producing calcine, an ingredient in cooper production, thus bringing down copper production by 40% for at least two weeks.

Nickel production, which is expected to produce 92,000t, was not affected, while copper production was cut to 60% of an estimated 36,000t, according to Reuters.

Plant official Haralad Eik said longer-term production prospects depend on how soon the roasting facility can be repaired.