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Friday 09 October, 2015

Glencore PLC

Glencore to reduce mine production of zinc

RNS Number : 7383B
Glencore PLC
09 October 2015

Baar, Switzerland

9 October, 2015


Glencore to reduce mine production by 500,000 tonnes of zinc metal per annum


Glencore is announcing today a 500,000 tonne reduction of contained zinc metal mine production across its operations in Australia, South America & Kazakhstan. The main reason for the reduction is to preserve the value of Glencore's reserves in the ground at a time of low zinc and lead prices, which do not correctly value the scarce nature of our resources.

These changes, which represent around one-third of Glencore's annual zinc production, will reduce fourth quarter 2015 mine production by approximately 100,000 tonnes of contained zinc metal.

Glencore's operations at Lady Loretta in Australia and Iscaycruz in Peru will be suspended and operations at George Fisher and McArthur River in Australia and various mine operations in Kazakhstan will reduce production levels.

Glencore remains positive about the medium and long term outlook for zinc, lead and silver prices. This decision will ensure that our zinc operations are sustainable well into the future, providing jobs in the communities where we operate and returns to shareholders.

These changes, although temporary, will unfortunately affect employees at our operations. This decision has not been taken lightly.  In the coming days we will engage with all employees and put in place support services to assist people who may be affected as a result of these changes.


Estimated annual reduction (kt Zinc metal)

George Fisher & Lady Loretta (Mt Isa)


McArthur River


Other zinc (South America)




Group change


Estimated annual reduction (kt Lead metal)

Group change



For further information please contact:



Paul Smith

t: +41 41 709 24 87

m: +41 79 947 13 48

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Martin Fewings

t: +41 41 709 28 80

m: +41 79 737 56 42

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Elisa Morniroli

t: +41 41 709 28 18

m: +41 79 833 05 08

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Charles Watenphul

t: +41 41 709 24 62

m: +41 79 904 33 20

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Pam Bell

t: +44 20 7412 3471

m: +44 77 3031 9806

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Notes for Editors


Glencore is one of the world's largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 90 commodities. The Group's operations comprise of over 150 mining and metallurgical sites, oil production assets and agricultural facilities.

With a strong footprint in both established and emerging regions for natural resources, Glencore's industrial and marketing activities are supported by a global network of more than 90 offices located in over 50 countries.

Glencore's customers are industrial consumers, such as those in the automotive, steel, power generation, oil and food processing. We also provide financing, logistics and other services to producers and consumers of commodities. Glencore's companies employ around 181,000 people, including contractors.

Glencore is proud to be a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and the International Council on Mining and Metals. We are an active participant in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.


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