The Vancouver-based miner aims to produce 280,000 to 300,000 tonnes of the red metal a year, but commercial levels won't be reached until state power utility Zesco finish connecting the mine to the power grid.
The red metal dropped to $5,012 on trading on the London Metal Exchange, approaching the level of $5,000 it last hit in late 2008.
London-listed Vedanta Mining (LON:VED) will be in court to defend itself against claims by hundreds of Zambian villagers that its copper mining operations polluted a water source and farmland.
Power restrictions could hit output of most copper mines operating in the country.
The Chamber of Mines wants the government to reconsider its decision to hike corporate income tax rate on mineral processing from 30% to 35%, which came in effect July 1.
New data by International Copper Study Group predicts copper mine output will grow 5.7 million tonnes by 2018 as Peru, Zambia and Mexico ramp up production.
The move puts an end to a nearly nine-month standoff that has hit output and profits in Africa’s second largest copper producer.
The country's national pension fund has bought 15.9 million shares of Zambia's Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holdings for almost $80 million.
Underground mining royalties cut to 6% from 9%.
Mines minister Christopher Yaluma said reducing royalties below the recently revised 9% would make underground mining more cost effective.
Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, may lose as much as four days’ output of the metal after the country’s power grid went down on Monday, the mines chamber said.
Barrick Gold Corp. has backtracked on its decision to suspend operations at its Lumwana open pit copper mine in Zambia after the cabinet reduced mining royalties.
The announced changes will be effective on July 1, once parliament has approved them.
The government intends to set its mining royalties at 9% for both open-pit and underground mines.
Government claims it was not notified according to the law.
But the fund warned that only further tightening of fiscal and monetary polices would contain the country's large deficits.
Zambian government rethinking steep royalty hikes that went into effect on January 1.
The new rules only apply to future payments and not amounts already owed.
Newly elected President Edgar Lungu wants to keep mining royalties at 20%, as opposed to the 6% companies were paying a month ago.
The situation may soon change, as authorities have began talks with the country’s top miners, signalling the possibility of a compromise over the country’s new tax regime.
Despite the government announcement Tuesday that it will push ahead with plans to more than triple mining royalties.
Move will leave up to 12,000 jobless and it is likely to sour the already fractious relationship between the government and mining companies.
The Canadian giant had earlier said it would consider such a move in the event the new tax regime was approbed.
There are indications Zambia may be backing away from plans to impose a 20 per cent royalty rate on open pit mining in the country, a top executive with Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday.
The increased mining tax framework included in Zambia's 2015 Budget earlier this month has been subject to criticism as, according to the Chamber of Mines of Zambia (CMZ), it will reduce the country's attraction for mining investment and reduce employment.
The miner, Zambia's largest foreign investor, operates Kansanshi mine, the eighth largest copper mine in the world, as well as the country's biggest.
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