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Maintenance-related delays end at mining facilities

May 25, 2001 -- Falconbridge Ltd. of Toronto reported this week that its four nickel-copper mines in Sudbury, Ont.,...


May 25, 2001 — Falconbridge Ltd. of Toronto reported this week that its four nickel-copper mines in Sudbury, Ont., were now at full production levels, following a seven-month strike by maintenance and production workers that ended Feb. 23, 2001. However, full capacity had not yet been restored at the mill and smelter in Sudbury. During the strike, all operations except those at the smelter were stopped.

All Sudbury operations were expected to reach full production in June. The mines typically produce about 37,000 tonnes of nickel concentrate and 40,000 tonnes of copper concentrate each year.

Last month, Suncor Energy Inc. of Calgary resumed production at its oil sands mining plant near Fort McMurray, Alta., following a nine-day shutdown to perform scheduled maintenance on a processing unit. The maintenance work was not expected to have an impact on the year’s production target of 130,000 barrels a day.

The Suncor facility has been undergoing a C$2.8-billion expansion which is to be completed this year. It will raise production capacity by almost 100,000 barrels a day by next year. The site mines oil sands and bitumen, and processes synthetic oil.