DR Congo allows Zijin mine to resume operations, mines ministry letter says

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KINSHASA, May 13 (Reuters) – Democratic Republic of
Congo’s government has lifted a suspension order on a Congolese
copper and cobalt operation majority-owned by China’s Zijin
Mining Group Co. Ltd, according to a letter seen by
Reuters on Monday.

Congo’s mines ministry last month halted the activities of
the COMMUS project, in which Zijin owns a 72% stake, to
investigate mineral products returned from South Africa due to
overly high radiation levels.

The mines ministry on Monday confirmed a letter to the
director general of COMMUS dated May 10, in which it wrote that
it had received a report on the investigation’s findings and
that the suspension was lifted.

Mining operations could resume as long as the company
scrupulously ensured radiation levels remained in line with
national and international standards, it said.

COMMUS said via email that it had received the ministry’s
letter, and that both production and exports had fully resumed.
The company was not sent the report mentioned in the letter, it
added.

Congo is the world’s third-largest copper producer and its
top producer of cobalt, a key component in batteries for
electric vehicles and mobile phones.

COMMUS, based near Congo’s southern city of Kolwezi,
produced 129,000 tonnes of copper and about 2,200 tons of cobalt
in 2023, ministry data shows.
(Reporting by Ange Adihe Kasongo
Writing by Sofia Christensen, Editing by Nick Zieminski)



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