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Title:Phoenix rising in an uncertain world: new mining activities in Katanga
Author:Goossens, PierreISNI
Periodical:Bulletin des séances = Mededelingen der zittingen
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
mineral resources
Abstract:The Katangan copper-cobalt Lufilian belt in the Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the richest ore-bearing arcs in the world. From the beginning of mining activities by the Union Minière du Haut Katanga (UMHK) a century ago until 2003, it is estimated that 18 milion tons of copper metal and 500,000 tons of cobalt were produced, to which must be added 3.6 million tons of zinc and 280,000 tons of germanium. The remaining identified resources are estimated at 60 million tons of copper, 5.1 million tons of cobalt, 6 million tons of zinc and 100,000 tons of germanium. Katanga ranks second after Chile in worldwide copper resources and first in the cobalt resource ranking. In 2006, it is estimated that a total of 263,000 tons of copper and 22,750 tons of cobalt were produced. By 2010, production will reach some 600,000 tons of copper and 50,000 tons of cobalt. It is clear that the mining industry is and will be the engine for the economic development of Katanga in particular, and the DRC in general. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English, French and Dutch. [Journal abstract]