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Glencore to halt Italy zinc output over energy prices

By AFP - Nov 22,2021 - Last updated at Nov 22,2021

ZURICH — Swiss commodities trading group Glencore said on Monday that it would suspend a zinc sulfide production line in Italy due to soaring energy prices.

Glencore unit Portovesme said the line would be placed on "care and maintenance" by the end of December and "until such time that there's a meaningful change in power market prices".

The move affects an operation that produces 100,000 tonnes of zinc sulfide per year.

"This decision has been taken due to high power prices experienced in Italy and the rest of Europe since earlier this year," Portovesme said in a statement.

Energy prices have soared across Europe, raising concerns for industries that need high amounts of electricity and for consumers who could see huge utility bills in the coming winter.

Portovesme said that as an energy-intensive industry, it is "highly dependent on competitive and stable electricity prices".

Zinc prices jumped by more than three per cent to $3,337.50 per tonne following the announcement.

Zinc sulfide is used for X-ray screens or as a pigment for paints.

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