Mutanda provides production highlight for Glencore

Feb 13, 2013 | 10:36 AM | Claire Hack

Tags  Glencore, copper, zinc, nickel, lead, tin, ferroalloys, claire hack

LONDON — Copper metal production was up just 2 percent last year at Glencore International Ltd’s 75.2-percent-owned Katanga operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following more than two months of lost production.

Katanga produced 93,000 tonnes of copper in metal and concentrate in 2012 after output was severely disrupted by power failures in the DRC. Copper cathode production was up 7 percent from 2011, despite the disruption caused by the power shortage, and a new power converter and synchronous condenser were commissioned in December.

At Glencore’s 60-percent-owned Mutanda operation, meanwhile, copper production was up 37 percent to 87,000 tonnes in metal and concentrate, while copper cathode production was up 90 percent to 83,500 tonnes.

Following completion of the cobalt plant, Mutanda now has the capacity to produce as much as 110,000 tonnes of copper and 23,000 tonnes of cobalt annually. Mutanda’s cobalt production totaled 8,500 tonnes last year, up 8 percent from 2011. ....

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