Glencore notes the announcement made by Katanga Mining Limited on 6 September that the Management of Katanga has commenced a review of its business, including operations and expenses, in light of the challenging environment for commodities.
A similar review at Mopani Copper Mines has also commenced.
This will include the suspension of production at Katanga and Mopani for 18 months up until the completion of the expansionary and upgrade projects. This includes the whole ore leach at Katanga and the new shafts and concentrator at Mopani. A suspension of operations will remove approximately 400,000 tonnes of copper cathode from the market.
The expansionary and upgrade programs will provide a material reduction in overall operating costs at both operations. Once complete, the programs are expected to reduce C1 costs at Katanga and Mopani to c.$1.65lb and c.$1.70lb respectively from more than c.$2.50lb today. Glencore will continue to fund the expansionary and upgrade projects at both operations.
Mutanda Mining continues to perform well, producing above name plate capacity at a C1 cost of $1.33lb.