Barrick to suspend operations at Argentina mine

Thu Sep 15, 2016 8:48am EDT
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Sept 15 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold producer, said on Thursday Argentina's San Juan province announced a temporary suspension of operations at the company's Veladero mine.

The suspension came as the company plans further inspections of the mine's heap leach area, where precious metals are extracted from the ore.

A pipe in the heap leach area was damaged on Sept. 8 when it was struck by a large block of ice, resulting in a leak, the company said.

Barrick said it does not expect any material impact to Veladero's 2016 operating outlook. (Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)