Congo’s 2019 Copper Production Rose 15%, Chamber of Mines Says

Copper production in the Democratic Republic of Congo rose about 15% in 2019 to over 1.4 million tons, according to an industry group.
Cobalt production rose more than 7% to 99,088 tons in 2019,
Simon Tuma Waku, president of the mining division of Congo’s
chamber of commerce, said at the African Mining Indaba
conference in Cape Town Wednesday.
Glencore Plc was Congo’s largest copper exporter, according
to separate statistics provided Wednesday by the Mines
Ministry’s technical division. Glencore’s Kamoto Copper Co.
exported about 231,000 tons of copper cathode, while its Mutanda
project shipped 106,000 tons, the ministry statistics show.
China Molybdenum Co. Ltd.’s Tenke Fungurume project was the
country’s second-largest copper exporter at 178,000 tons,
according to the ministry.
Other highlights from the ministry:
* Total copper exports rose to 1.42 million tons last year from
1.22 million tons in 2018, while cobalt exports dropped to
77,963 tons from 109,402 tons.
* Congo exported 33,015 kg of gold in 2019 with a value of about
$1 billion, mainly from Barrick Gold Corp.’s Kibali project. The
figures do not include hand-dug gold.
* Official diamond exports were 14 million carats with a value
of about $162 million.
* Coltan exports were 1,256 tons with a value of about $30
million, while Alphamin Resources Corp.’s Bisie tin project
helped tin ore production rise to about 20,000 tons, worth about
$157 million.

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