Lack of electricity hinders DR Congo mining sector

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In Katanga's regional capital Lubumbashi, power cuts regularly shut down the furnace at the Societe de Traitement du Terril factory, shown here on May 27, 2015

The minerals in the south-eastern Katanga region represent potential riches for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but a lack of electricity is preventing the country from fully exploiting them. In Katanga’s regional capital Lubumbashi, power cuts regularly shut down the furnace at the STL factory that extracts cobalt, copper and zinc oxide from a nearby mountain of slag. It takes 34 megawatts of electricity for the site’s giant furnace to operate at full capacity, but DR Congo’s national power company Snel is only supplying 24 megawatts.

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