KCM resumes smelting

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via Zambia Daily Mail by Online Editor on 5/19/13

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Konkola Copper mine is restarting its Nchanga smelter, which stopped production in April, the company said on Tuesday.

Production at Nchanga, which produces 311,000 tons of copper per year, was suspended on April 19 after a leak through the wall of the furnace.

“The heating up at the Nchanga smelter has resumed in preparation for full production by Friday,” Konkola said in a statement.

The Nchanga smelter handles ore from mines including Lumwana, owned by Barrick Gold, and Lubambe, jointly owned by Brazil’s Vale and South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals

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