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Reference: 14/01


BHP Billiton advises that power was disrupted for a short period to its Bayside and Hillside aluminium smelters owing to unprecedented snowfalls in the northern KwaZulu Natal region in South Africa on Friday 14 September 2001.

Bayside operations returned to normal soon after the interruption. However the process of restoring production at Hillside led to the closure of some pots and about 20,000 tonnes of production may be lost as a result. Hillside's annual production capacity is 500,000 tonnes.


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