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Fire breaks out at Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert port facility

A fire at Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert port facility in Pilbara, Western Australia, that broke out during a maintenance shutdown has been extinguished, The West Australian reported Jan. 10.

A Rio Tinto spokesperson confirmed that the fire had damaged a section of the plant; however, it is uncertain whether the damage will affect production and shipping.

"Operations at part of the Cape Lambert facility have restarted while impacted areas remain closed," the spokesperson said. No injuries were reported, but an investigation into the cause of the fire has started.

In December 2018, WestStar Industrial Ltd. said its Simpec Pty. Ltd. unit secured a A$4.5 million contract to design and build a remote draft survey at Cape Lambert.