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Zambia’s Chambishi copper smelter scales back capacity amid power cuts

Zambia’s Chambishi copper smelter scales back capacity amid power cuts

CHINA Nonferrous Metal Mining Corp's Chambishi Copper Smelter in Zambia has cut one-fifth of its production due to power shortages in the country, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The plant, which produces about 250,000 metric tons of copper per year, is one of the biggest processing facilities in Africa's second-largest copper producer. Zambia generates about 87% of its electricity from hydropower, and lower water levels due to its current drought, the worst in two decades, have curbed power generation, the managing director of state-owned power utility Zesco said. Zesco said last week it would start rationing electricity supplies…
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