Canada's First Quantum Minerals to lay off 1,480 workers in Zambia

Sun Aug 2, 2015 9:17am EDT
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By Chris Mfula

LUSAKA Aug 2 (Reuters) - Canada's First Quantum Minerals will lay off around 1,480 workers at one of its Zambian copper projects after a reduction in its power supply curbed production, its local subsidiary said on Sunday.

"Regrettably a reduction of approximately 1,480 construction jobs will be brought forward at the Trident Project within the first weeks of August," Kalumbila Minerals Limited (KML) said in a statement.

Zambian power utility Zesco Ltd is limiting supplies after water levels at its hydro-electric plants dropped due to drought. (Editing by Andrew Heavens)