21 November 2012 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) stated owned mining company Gecamins is doing a feasibility study for the US$648 million coal fired power plant, which will use coal from Luena in Katanga province. That power station would have a 500 MW capacity and the company says it could be operational within 36 months.
Meanwhile Glencore International owned Katanga Mining is investing more than US$300 million to rehabilitate power lines and a hydroelectric plant that will guarantee about 450 MW of power for its projects by 2016. Some of the power will also go to Glencore’s Mutanda and Kansuki copper and cobalt projects, which will reimburse part of Katanga’s costs.
Freeport McMoRan’s Tenke project, the largest copper producer in the country, needs another 200 MW to eventually increase production to more than 400,000 tonnes of copper a year.