September 11, 2017 / 11:29 AM / 13 days ago

Zambia sees copper output to ease slightly this year

LUSAKA, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Zambia’s copper production is expected to inch lower to 753,992 tonnes this year from 774,290 in 2016 mainly due to lower output from Konkola Copper Mines, a subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resource, the mines ministry said on Monday.

Production at Konkola Copper Mines is expected to decline by 40 percent this year, Ministry of Mines Permanent Secretary Paul Chanda told reporters. Output at Lumwana Mine, owned by Barrick Gold, was forecast to fall 15 percent, Chanda added. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Writing by Joe Brock; Editing by James Macharia)

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