A 500 MW coal power plant is being planned in the Congo as state-owned copper miner Gecamines intends to help mining firms address electricity shortages.

Gecamines CEO Ahmed Kalej Nkand was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the firm will be ready within three years.

A feasibility study is set for the proposed €500m thermal power plant, which will use coal from Luena in Katanga province.

The plant will secure power for the country’s mining firms, particularly in the Katanga region, who have had to buy power from Zambia to enable production.

The mining firm is also in talks with the Development Bank of Southern Africa about securing $270m in financing, which is likely to be concluded by December.

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