SYDNEY Jan 8 Glencore Xstrata's Pasar
copper smelter in the Philippines plans to restart as soon as
January 15, after being damaged by Typhoon Haiyan in November,
two sources said on Wednesday.
The Pasar plant, majority owned by Glencore, is in Leyte
province, southeast of Manila. It has been shut since around
"Pasar have now told mine suppliers (to expect a) smelter
restart Jan 15," a trader in Europe said.
Another industry source confirmed plans to reopen from mid
Pasar produced 98,000 tonnes of copper in 2012. Analysts
estimate the nine week shut down will lead to a loss of around
15,000-30,000 tonnes of refined copper. Pasar is expected to
produce around 155,000 tonnes of refined copper in 2013.
Glencore could not immediately be reached for comment.