Australia's ERA says suspends uranium processing

Fri Jan 28, 2011 2:36am GMT

SYDNEY Jan 28 (Reuters) - Energy Resources Australia has suspended uranium processing at its Ranger mine in Australia's Northern Territoy as a precautionary measure during the region's annual wet season, the company said.

The 68 percent-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto said the suspension was likely to last 12 weeks.

"The La Niña weather pattern, which has brought extensive flooding to the eastern states of Australia, has also brought significantly higher than average rainfall to Ranger mine since October 2010," the company said.

(Reporting by James Regan; editing by Michael Smith)

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