Fatality at Sepon mine

29 Feb 2012 12:00 AMMedia Release

Minmetals Resources Limited (HKSE 1208) (“MMR”) today announced a contractor has been fatally injured in an incident at its Sepon mine in Laos (also known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic) on Tuesday 28 February.

The contractor was killed in an incident at a construction site when a compactor, mobile equipment used for civil works, experienced an uncontrolled movement. A full investigation is being conducted into the incident.

MMR Chief Executive Mr Andrew Michelmore said “this is a tragic incident and a very sad day for everyone in the company. Our thoughts and condolences are with the contractor’s family at this time.”

MMR will provide support to the contractor’s family and has provided counselling support to staff at the mine.

About Sepon

Sepon is a copper and gold mining operation located 40 kilometres north of the town of Sepon, in the Vilabouly District of the Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR. The Sepon copper operation commenced production in 2005. In early 2011 a copper expansion project was completed that increased annual production capacity from approximately 65,000 tonnes to 80,000 tonnes of copper cathode per annum.

About Minmetals Resources Limited

MMR, a company incorporated under the laws of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, together with its subsidiaries and jointly-controlled entities and associates, owns and operates a portfolio of significant base metal mining operations, development and exploration projects. MMR is one of the world's largest producers of zinc, and is engaged in mining, processing and production of copper, lead, gold and silver. MMR currently has mining operations located in Australia and Laos and a large portfolio of advanced and early stage exploration projects in Australia, Africa, Asia and North America. The shares of MMR are listed on the Main Board of the HKSE (Stock Code: 1208). China Minmetals Corporation is the ultimate controlling shareholder of MMR.


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