First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

December 15, 2014 05:37 ET

First Quantum Minerals Reports a Failure in the Atmospheric Leach Tank at Its Ravensthorpe Nickel Operation

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Dec. 15, 2014) - First Quantum Minerals Ltd. ("First Quantum" or the "Company") (TSX:FM)(LSE:FQM) today reported that a structural failure has occurred to the atmospheric leach tank at its Ravensthorpe nickel operation in Western Australia.

The tank, situated after the autoclaves in the circuit, contained acid-leaching nickel in slurry. The spill, resulting from the failure, has been contained within the plant's protective bunded area. All personnel have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported. The plant is currently shut down and, on the basis of information received to date, no adverse environmental effects are anticipated. Investigations to determine the cause are being undertaken.

At this point, the Company is unable to provide estimates on the length of the shutdown or the impact on the operation's production.

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

G. Clive Newall, President


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Contact Information

  • First Quantum Minerals Ltd. - North American contact:
    Sharon Loung
    Director, Investor Relations
    (647) 346-3934
    (604) 688-3818 (FAX)
    Toll Free: 1 (888) 688-6577

    First Quantum Minerals Ltd. - United Kingdom contact:
    Clive Newall
    +44 140 327 3484
    +44 140 327 3494 (FAX)