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Congo's Mining Lobby Calls for Shake Up in Power Industry

  • Mines have lost trust in state-owned electricity company
  • Glencore complained of as many as three power cuts a day
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The mining lobby group in the Democratic Republic of Congo said the creation of an independent company to manage electricity distribution is among critical power industry reforms needed in Africa’s largest copper producer.

“We no longer trust the operator of the transmission system,” Ben Munanga, a member of the Energy Commission within the Chamber of Mines at the Federation des Entreprises du Congo, said Monday at the IPAD Katanga mining conference in the southern city of Lubumbashi. “The role of an independent operator would be to manage the transport of energy from the producers or abroad to mining companies and other industrial clients, to restore confidence and to ensure the extension of the current network at the best price.”