HomeBase MetalsZambian copper output rises

Zambian copper output rises

Night shot of the
Lumwana copper mine
in north-west Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 09 June 2009 – Zambia – Africa’s largest copper producer – has revealed that its output of finished copper plates – known as cathodes – rose by more than 30% in April 2009, compared with production in the same month of last year.
Announcing this in the Zambian capital, the country’s central bank – The Bank of Zambia – said that copper output had jumped to 50 407 metric tonnes during the month from 38 697 tonnes in April last year. It gave no reasons for the increase.

The bank statement also pointed out that copper exports had risen to 51 550 tonnes in April from 30 859 tonnes in April last year – an increase of 67%.

Cobalt production had dropped 24% to 296 tonnes, while exports of the metal had declined by 25% to 301 tonnes in April from 407 tonnes a year earlier, the central bank said.