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Africa's Biggest Copper Mine Hit by Zambian Power Restrictions

  • Glencore stopped production in Zambia due to electricity curbs
  • Dispute between miners and power tariffs dates back to 2014
Copper wire rod sits in a storage facility following manufacture at the Uralelectromed OJSC Copper Refinery, operated by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Co. (UMMC), in Verkhnyaya Pyshma, Russia, on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Russia’s No. 1 zinc miner and No. 2 copper producer plans a far-reaching expansion of its diversified minerals output, billionaire co-owner and Chief Executive Officer Andrey Kozitsyn said in an interview.
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Zambia is cutting power to mines including Africa’s biggest copper site, the Kansanshi pit owned by First Quantum Minerals Ltd., escalating a fight over tariffs.

"They have still got some significant amount of power for them to operate, but obviously their operations will not be at 100 percent because of the power restrictions,” Energy Minister David Mabumba told reporters Tuesday in Lusaka, the capital.