Zambia aims to cut power to mines by up to 30 pct-sources

Tue Jul 7, 2015 8:35am EDT
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LUSAKA, July 7 (Reuters) - Zambia, Africa's No.2 copper producer, plans to cut power supplies to mines by up to 30 percent as early as next week, after water levels at its hydro-electric projects dropped due to drought, industry sources said on Tuesday.

The plan, still under discussion with the industry, will see state-run power company Zesco Ltd limit the amount of power it supplies to its customers, including mining companies, due to a power deficit of 560 MW. (Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Ed Stoddard)