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Vale Halts Some Nickel Output After Worker Dies

February 24, 2009

Cia. Vale do Rio Doce, the world’s largest iron-ore producer, temporarily halted some operations at a nickel mine in northern Manitoba province after the death of a worker.

“The T1 mine site is frozen at this point for investigative purposes, but we do not anticipate a material impact on production,” Cory McPhee, a spokesman for Vale, said today in a telephone interview from Toronto. The T1 is one of two main underground shafts at the Thompson Mine located near the town of the same name.

The Rio De Janeiro-based company produces about 120 million pounds of electrolytic nickel annually in Manitoba, McPhee said. Precise output figures for the T1 shaft weren’t immediately available, he said.

The worker’s body was found about 6 a.m. local time today about 1,220 meters (4,002 feet) below the surface, according to an online report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., citing a statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Thompson is about 770 kilometers (478 miles) north of Winnipeg.

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