Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
  • Location
    Kolwezi, DR Congo
  • Ownership
  • Project status
    In operation + Under Construction
  • Deposit Type
    Sediment-hosted strata-bound copper-cobalt deposit
  • Mineral Resources (Inclusive of Mineral Reserves)
    Contained copper of 2.41Mt with grade of 3.91% and cobalt of 64.7kt with grade of 0.11%
  • Mining & Processing methods
    Open-pit mining + hydrometallurgy
  • 2022 Production
    Mined Copper: 128kt; Mined Cobalt: 2,506t
  • Project Overview

    La Compagnie Minière de Musonoie Global Société par Actions Simplifiée (COMMUS) is a successful example of Zijin Mining’s innovative construction practices in Africa, with an annual production capacity of 120,000 tonnes of copper and 3,000 tonnes of cobalt.

  • ESG

    As one of the founding members of the China Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa, COMMUS actively fulfills its social responsibilities and strives for harmonious coexistence with its neighboring communities. It has contributed significantly to the communities by funding the construction of infrastructure such as municipal water-supply facilities and road drainage systems. COMMUS supports the development of community sports and cultural activities, organizing events such as the Zijin Cup soccer matches and summer camps for local students. In March 2021, COMMUS signed the Community Project Task Document 2021-2025 with eight surrounding communities, planning to invest approximately $4.4 million over five years to support community infrastructure development and enhance public services.

    The project pioneers eco-friendly mining practices in the DRC and adopts China’s advanced approach to ecological preservation, receiving widespread praise from the DRC government and the local communities.

  • M&A

    Zijin Mining acquired a 72% interest in the mine through two acquisitions in 2014 and 2016.