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Nationwide power outage impacts KCM operations

HINGOLA, 11TH December 2015, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) operations and production have been affected by a countrywide power blackout which occurred from about 10:35 PM on Thursday, 10th December, 2015.

Following the power outage, KCM was able to bring on line 16MW of power using its own emergency diesel generator set at Konkola mine supported by another 40MW in emergency power supplied by the CEC from its gas turbines. This power allowed KCM to continue to pump water and withdraw its employees in a planned and disciplined manner. All employees at both the Nchanga and Konkola underground mines were withdrawn without injury or incident.

However, around 04:30 AM on Friday, KCM lost the emergency power supply after the national power system tripped as attempts were being made to reconnect the company to the national grid. Full supply of power was finally restored to KCM at about 09:40AM today. Production was suspended during the power outage.

Consequently, it will take KCM about 16 hours to restart operations at its Nchanga smelter in Chingola. The company will also suffer some slight loss of production at Konkola while pumping out of water continues from the deeper sections of the mine.

The rest of the operations are being systematically returned to production following full safety and environmental checks.

Shapi Shachinda

Manager Public Relations & Communications

Mobile: 0978 871958

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