The ore pile at First
Quantum’s Kansanshi
copper mine
 
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 11 February 2010 – Copper production at Zambia’s Kansanshi copper mine “’ owned by growing Canadian mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals “’ was resumed today after its power supply was restored.

Revealing this in a statement issued here, Kansanshi mine spokesman Godfrey Msiska told Reuters: “We are just in the process of resuming production now that state power uitility Zesco has restored normal power supply.”

Zesco announced that power had also been restored to Lumwana Mine, owned by Australia’s Equinox Minerals Limited.

The lines had been vandalised on Sunday, affecting supply to the two mines, but Lumwana had been able to continue production using diesel generators. A First Quantum spokesman revealed that Kansanshi lost US$10 million (R75 million) per day since production had ground to a halt.