2 of 3 lines idled at Noranda in New Madrid after circuit failure

2 of 3 lines idled at Noranda in New Madrid after circuit failure

NEW MADRID, MO (KFVS) - Two-thirds of production has been idled at Noranda near New Madrid.

This happened after an electrical supply circuit failure that occurred at the smelter Thursday afternoon.

No serious injuries were reported.

Noranda is assessing the incident to determine its root cause.

The third pot line was not directly affected and production in that line has continued.

Because the company's review of the incident and its impact on operations is in the early stages, the company has not established a timeline for resuming production in the two idled pot lines.

The company is now taking steps to move to a one pot line operation and to adjust staffing and other activities to match this lower level of production at the smelter. No word yet on how many employees this could affect.

The company is also reviewing the impact to alumina production at its refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana and its bauxite mining operation in St. Ann, Jamaica.

No estimates are available at this time regarding the financial impact of the incident.

However, the company anticipates a substantial portion of costs and damages will be covered by property and business interruption insurance.

No word on exactly how many people this impacts. Noranda employs 900 people.

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