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Tropical Cyclone Ava impacts Ambatovy operations in Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Ava, a Category 2 hurricane equivalent storm, made landfall on Madagascar on Friday and Saturday, reportedly killing at least 29 people nationwide and forcing more than 17 000 from their homes.

Since then, all Ambatovy personnel have been safely accounted for following the storm and Ambatovy personnel are working on clean-up efforts with local affected communities.

The preliminary review identified damage to equipment that is expected to delay a restart in production until the end of January. In particular, damage incurred by the acid production facilities will necessitate repairs that will affect the pace of production ramp-up.

A comprehensive assessment of the full impact of the cyclone is ongoing, Sherritt said in a release to its shareholders on Wednesday.

Sherritt has a 12% ownership interest in Ambatovy and is the operator of project.

Chantelle Kotze
Chantelle Kotze is a Johannesburg-based media professional. She is a contributor at Mining Review Africa (Clarion Events - Africa) and has created content for the media brand over the past 6 years.

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