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Copper mines suspend output

“’ one of the copper mines
hit by the Zambian blackout.
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 June 2010

Copper mines in Zambia “’ Africa’s top producer of the metal “’ suspended output today after a power blackout affected the southern African nation, the main distributor of electricity to the mines revealed.

“Obviously, this is a national blackout,” Copperbelt Energy Corp. (CEC) managing director Neil Croucher, told Reuters.

“Just a few minutes ago, we started taking some essential power loads from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and this is only for emergencies,” he added.

Croucher gave no indication of how long the situation might last.

Foreign mining companies operating in Zambia include Canada’s First Quantum Minerals; London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc; Equinox Minerals, listed and with corporate offices in Canada and Australia; Glencore International AG of Switzerland; and Metorex of South Africa.