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Congo Nears Eskom Power-Supply Deal to Boost Copper Output

  • Deal to import power may be in place by July: Chamber of Mines
  • Current 750MW deficit constraining growth in copper production
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The Democratic Republic of Congo signed a provisional agreement to import power from South Africa that could boost copper production this year by as much as 20 percent, according to the country’s chamber of mines.

Congolese state-owned power company SNEL proposed importing 200 megawatts from South African utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. at meetings in Johannesburg on April 20 and April 21, said Ben Munanga, chairman of the energy commission at the chamber.