YalumaZesco has restored sufficient power to Kalumbila Mining Company after Government’s intervention because the power utility company imposed electricity restrictions to the mining company.
Kalumbila Mine Public Relations Manager (PRM) Merriam Harmon said the First Quantum Minerals own mine was now not only received the withdrawn power but has begun receiving even more than before.
“We have received more power than we anticipated and our full operations are back,” she said.
The PRM said the mining company is grateful to the Government for prompt response to settle the electricity deficit.
She said positive and quick response has ignited confidence in the good intentions by the government.
Ms Harmon however said not all 1,480 jobs are safe because of the company’s completion of various phases.
“Not all 1,480 employees will lose their jobs but it must also be made clear that some will not continue in employment with us because their contracts have come to an end,” she said.
Mines Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma on Wednesday directed Zesco to stop rationing power to First Quantum Minerals.
Mr Yaluma directed Zesco to find ways of importing power to cushion mine operations.
He said this after he met Zesco officials, members of Zambia Chamber of Mines, Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) and chief executives of mining companies.
Meanwhile, the Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has commended Government for intervening in the mine’s predicament.
MUZ Secretary general James Chewe said the union was delighted with government for listening to the cries of both the union and the mine.
“It is really exciting to see that what we are advocating has yielded fruits. We are happy,” he said.
Recently, Kalumbila minerals limited suffered low power supply due to power rationing by Zesco limited.
The shutting down of the sentinel project was going to see more than 1,480 jobs lost.