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Amplats: repairs to ACP Phase B unit will be done next week

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(Kitco News) - Anglo American Platinum expects to complete repairs to the Phase B unit of the Anglo Converter Plant next week, the company announced Wednesday.

Amplats also said the stoppage of the ACP Phase B unit is not expected to have any impact on full-year refined production guidance, which remains at between 3.1 million and 3.6 million ounces of platinum group metals.

The Phase B unit was temporarily shut down for the second time in 2020 a week ago after the company detected a water leak in the high-pressure cooling section. Employees were evacuated safely.

“The detailed technical investigation into the cause of the water leak shows localized damage to a single cooler tube that is now being replaced and confirms that this leak is unconnected to the repair work recently completed on the ACP Phase B unit,” the company said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

“Other maintenance is being carried out and additional controls put in place whilst the ACP Phase B unit is off-line in order to provide greater operational stability. The repair work is expected to be completed next week, and recommissioning will then start once a detailed risk-based assurance process has confirmed it is safe to do so.”

The company said increased monitoring will likely mean intermittent stoppages to inspect the plant until the repairs to the ACP Phase A unit are completed, which is now expected toward the end of 2020.

“Anglo American Platinum will continue to receive concentrate from third parties and joint ventures under the purchase of concentrate and toll agreements and will continue to deliver metal to customers,” the company said.

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