FACTBOX-Base metals labour contract expiries in 2010/2011

Tue Oct 5, 2010 12:36pm EDT

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 Oct 5 (Reuters) - The handful of labour contracts due to
expire later this year at sizeable copper operations in Chile
will hold that market's attention in coming weeks as tight
supplies remain a concern and prices eye record highs.
 While there is little to perturb watchers of other metals
through to the end of 2010, the calendar starts to look busy
across the board again as we move into 2011.
 The expiry at Vale's Thompson nickel operations in Canada
will be watched more closely than those at aluminium and zinc
operations. There appears to be no danger of supplies of these
two metals being tight enough to cause concern even in the event
of strikes.
 For an analysis on the outlook for potential labour
flashpoints in the remainder of this year and next year, click
on: [ID:nLDE68Q1MP]
 The following table lists the major labour contracts set to
expire at mine and metals facilities in the remainder of this
year and next year:
 
 Plant name      Exp. date  Plant type   Owner        Country
 COPPER
 Collahuasi      30/10/10   Mine/SX-EW   Anglo/       Chile
                                         Xstrata
 Radomiro Tomic  30/11/10   SX-EW        Codelco      Chile
 Los Pelambres*  20/02/11   Mine         Antofagasta  Chile
 Kemess South    28/02/11   Mine         Northgate    Canada
 Raglan          30/04/11   Mine         Xstrata      Canada
 Various         30/06/11   Mines/SX-EW/ Asarco       U.S.
                            Smelter/Ref
 El Teniente     30/06/11   Mine/SX-EW   Codelco      Chile
 Gaby            30/10/11   SX-EW        Codelco      Chile
 Highland Valley 30/09/11   Mine         Teck         Canada
 
 *Starting early talks in hope of reaching deal before
end-year.
 
 ALUMINIUM
 Hawesville*     31/03/10   Smelter      Century      U.S.
 Ravenswood**    31/08/10   Smelter      Century      U.S.
 Manchester      01/04/11   Bauxite      UC RUSAL/    Jamaica
 Plateau                                 Norsk Hydro
 Hannibal        31/05/11   Smelter      Ormet        U.S.
 Alma            31/12/11   Smelter      Rio Tinto    Canada
 
 *Union members remained on the job as of late July, despite
no new deal.
 ** Contract talks continued in September.
 
 ZINC
 El Toqui*       30/09/10   Mine         Breakwater  Chile
 El Mochito**    30/09/10   Mine         Breakwater  Honduras
 Valleyfield     01/11/11   Refinery     Noranda     Canada
                                         Income Fund/
                                         Xstrata
 Monaca          18/11/11   Refinery     Horsehead   U.S.
 
 * Strike began Oct 5.
 **Talks with union to begin Oct. 6.
 
 LEAD
 El Toqui*       30/09/10   Mine         Breakwater  Chile
 El Mochito**    30/09/10   Mine         Breakwater  Honduras
 Belledune       28/02/11   Smelter/     Xstrata     Canada
                            Refinery
 * Strike began Oct 5.
 **Talks with union to begin Oct. 6.
 
 NICKEL
 Raglan          30/04/11   Mine         Xstrata     Canada
 Thompson        16/09/11   Mine/        Vale        Canada
                            Smelter/
                            Refinery
 
 For more information on world metals and mining labour
contracts double click <LABOUR/DIARY>.
 (For more details on the facilities in this factbox, 3000
Xtra users can access Reuters Metal Production
Database (MPD) by clicking here
  (Compiled by Karen Norton, Alonso Soto and Carole Vaporean;
editing by Sue Thomas)
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