September 2, 2015 / 11:01 AM / 4 years ago

China's NFC Mining shuts down some operations at Zambian copper mine: union

LUSAKA (Reuters) - China’s NFC Mining has shut down some of its operations at its Zambian copper mine due to power supply problems, a trade union said on Wednesday.

“Because of reduced power supply, NFC Mining has closed some of the operations, National Union of Miners and Allied president James Chansa told Reuters, adding that the company’s 800 employees would work only three weeks per month.

The landlocked southern African nation’s energy regulator on Wednesday asked mining companies to reduce their electricity consumption after power generation dropped due to the effects of a drought on the Kariba hydro power station.

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