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    DJ. Australia MIM: Mount Isa Copper Smelter Ops Halted; Fire

    SINGAPORE, June 13 (OsterDowJones) - Australia's base metals producer MIM
    Holdings Ltd. (A.MIM) said Thursday a fire broke out at its Mount Isa copper
    smelter in Queensland and production has been halted.

    "We don't expect that there will be a material impact on production.
    Otherwise, we would have made a statement to the stock exchange, which we
    didn't," spokesman Collin Myers told OsterDowJones.

    The copper smelter was producing 4,000-5,000 metric tons a week prior to the
    fire, which broke out at the smelter's tapping floor at 0220 GMT Thursday
    (10:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday) and was later extinguished.

    "There was no threat or risks to employees. The area was evacuated," Myers

    Myers couldn't immediately say when the smelter will resume operations.

    "We are assessing the level of damage."

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