Johannesburg, South Africa — MININGREVIEW.COM — 01 December 2010 – South African-based and JSE-listed Metorex Limited “’ a mid-tier mining group well-known as a base metal operator in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) “’ says its Ruashi copper mine in the DRC has resumed full production after a technical fault was fixed.
In a statement issued here, the company said the recurring electrical problems had hit production at the mine for more than five weeks. “As a result, copper output is likely to fall by 20% in the October-December quarter from 8 566t in the previous three months,” the statement added.
Cobalt production is expected to drop 16% in the same period from the 1 057t mined in the three months to end-September.
The Metorex statement explained that it had repaired a faulty transformer to reduce the possibility of further failure until the arrival of two more transformer units. One of the units has already arrived on site, while another would be delivered during the first quarter of next year. The company said that it had put measures in place to mitigate the risk of future production outages.
“Ruashi mine management is confident that the probability of future major production outages has been reduced,” it added.