Zambia is struggling to restore power to some mines in the country, its energy minister said on Wednesday, after a power outage in Africa’s biggest copper producer hit the capital and the Copperbelt.
“It affected the mines, and we are still trying to restore power supply to some mines,” Cyprian Chitundu, managing director for state power company Zesco Ltd, told Reuters.Chitundu said the fault was at its Leopards Hill sub-station.
“When that problem occurred we lost Copperbelt and Lusaka. It was quite an impact, but we will be able to make an assessment once we start getting feedback from the mines.”
Zesco sent smses at 09 00hrs that there would be no lights from 9- 16hrs but power had already gone at 0620hrs today
Electricity supply in Zambia is expected to remain tight for the next four years, casting a shadow over the power-intensive mining sector in Zambia.
Mining companies with major operations on the Copperbelt include London-listed Vedanta Resources PLC (VED.LN), Glencore International AG (GLEN.LN),Canada’s First Quantum Minerals and Barrick Gold and China Nonferrous Metals Co.
A Chingola resident complained that there was no power from 10 00hrs to 16 00hrs on Tuesday and today power was gone as early as 0620hrs.