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Bolivian state smelting complex Karachipampa was forced to shut down its Kivcet furnace due to a lead leakage in one of its drain ducts.
Works to repair the furnace will take between 20 and 30 days and will cost 3mn bolivianos (US$434,000), mining and metals minister César Navarro said in a statement.
Karachipampa, which has capacity to process 51,000t/y of silver-lead concentrates, has stockpiled 180t of lead ingots since its first shipment September 10, the statement said.
The company expects to deliver its first silver ingot on Friday.