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Glencore halts McArthur River mine operations amid heavy rainfall

Swiss multinational Glencore, a major player in commodity trading and mining, has been compelled to suspend activities at the McArthur River zinc and lead mine in Australia due to torrential rainfall.

This interruption could exacerbate the already tight global supply of zinc concentrate, critical for refined zinc production.

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Situated approximately 970km southeast of Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, the McArthur River mine encompasses both open-cut mining and processing facilities.

Zinc and lead extracted from the McArthur River Mine undergo processing before being transported to the Bing Bong Loading Facility on the Gulf of Carpentaria. From there, the concentrates are shipped internationally.

Emphasizing the mine’s substantial contribution to global zinc supply, essential for steel galvanization, the company underscores its importance.

Last year’s production report indicated the mine yielded 262,200 tonnes (t) of zinc concentrates and 50,400t of lead concentrates.

Glencore stated, “MRM has temporarily ceased operations as we monitor flooding in the region and assess impacts onsite at our operations.”

Meanwhile, earlier this year, True North Copper inked two agreements with Glencore International for its Cloncurry Copper Project in Queensland, Australia. The binding offtake deal entails Glencore purchasing 100% of the copper concentrate from the project. Additionally, the toll-milling agreement permits the processing of up to one million tonnes of ore annually throughout the project’s lifespan.

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