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Freeport’s Bayway copper plant back online

Keywords: Tags  Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Bayway, copper, Hurricane Sandy, Barbara O'Donovan

NEW YORK — Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s Bayway operations in Elizabeth, N.J., have resumed partial production following Hurricane Sandy, a company spokesman told AMM.

"Production at the Bayway specialty copper operations has recommenced in certain sections of the plant," the spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. He declined to say when exactly the plant reopened.

The Bayway facility was shut in late October due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy (, Nov. 9). The extreme weather conditions caused power outages and flooding throughout New Jersey and New York.

"Limited quantities of their primary products are being delivered. Work continues on refurbishing equipment for an expected full recovery of plant operations, the timing of which is uncertain," the spokesman added.

Freeport’s Bayway operations produce electrolytic tough pitch copper and oxygen-free copper wire as well as components for resistance welding, according to the Phoenix-based company’s website. The facility also produces alloys for special applications, such as aerospace.

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