THIS ANNOUNCEMENT REPLACES THE LONMIN PLC SMELTER INCIDENT ANNOUNCEMENT RELEASED TODAY AT 10.25am UNDER RNS NUMBER 4927L. THE ANNOUNCEMENT HEADLINE SHOULD HAVE READ FIRE AT PRECIOUS METALS REFINERY AND NOT SMELTER INCIDENT AS PREVIOUSLY STATED. ALL DETAILS IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT REMAIN UNCHANGED.
Lonmin (Berlin: LRH.BE - news) announces that there has been a minor fire in its Precious Metals Refinery which has now been fully extinguished. There were no injuries as a result of this incident and no permanent environmental damage. The Refinery has been shut down and we are currently assessing the time needed to recover to full operations with initial estimates of downtime of between 5 and 7 days.
We are investigating the impact on full year sales which could result in the deferring of up to 25,000 ounces of Platinum sales for 2006 into the first quarter of the 2007 financial year. A further announcement will be made when the detailed investigation is completed.
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