CEC to resume power supply to Mopani after Lungu’s intervention

The Copperbelt Energy Corporation will today resume normal power supply to Mopani Copper Mines following President Edgar Lungu’s intervention.

This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.

“Mopani Copper Mines (MCM) and the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) have reached an agreement that will lead to the resumption of power supply to the mine today. The agreement which has been facilitated by government is to be amicably concluded between MCM and CEC over an agreed period of six (6) weeks. During the same period, Mopani and Government will also conclude other outstanding matters on Value Added Tax (VAT) refunds and transfer pricing disputes,” Chanda stated.

“The Minister of Finance Hon. Felix Mutati, the Minister of Energy Hon. David Mabumba and the Minister of Mines, Hon. Christopher Yaluma facilitated the Mopani-CEC talks that went on late into the night in Lusaka on 29th August 2017.”

He stated that Mopani would inform labour unions that there was nothing to worry about as all disputes were being addressed.

“Mopani will today inform Labour Unions that negotiations are taking place in good faith and therefore there was no cause for panic. All other matters incidental to the power impasse will be addressed by Mopani management. Glencore Limited directors, the owners of Mopani were represented by Mr Telis Mistakidis who flew in from Geneva, whilst CEC was led by Chief Executive Officer Mr Owen Silavwe,” stated Chanda.

“His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia earlier in the day met Glencore Directors to discuss the situation at Mopani.”

On August 11, CEC restricted power supply to Mopani from 190 MegaWatts to 94 MegaWatts saying the mine did not want to pay the revised tariffs.

Negotiations between the two institutions failed forcing Mopani to announce that they would retrench 4,700 workers.

Energy Minister David Mabumba also revealed that Mopani was making $3 million in losses every day as a result of the

         

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