Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine
Kolwezi Copper Mine

As one of the core copper companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), La Compagnie Minière de Musonoie Global Société par Actions Simplifiée (COMMUS) has an annual production capacity of 120,000 tonnes of copper and 3,000 tonnes of cobalt. Senior officials of the Congolese government and the country’s national mining company have on several occasions praised the Kolwezi Copper Mine as an exemplary case of Sino-Congolese joint ventures.

Kolwezi Copper Mine
  • Location
    Kolwezi, DR Congo
  • Ownership
  • Project status
    In production
  • Deposit Type
    Sediment-hosted strata-bound copper-cobalt deposit
  • Mineral Resources (Inclusive of Mineral Reserves)
    Contained copper: 2.51Mt, Grade: 3.3%
    Contained cobalt: 38kt, Grade: 0.05%
  • Mining & Processing methods
    Open-pit mining + hydrometallurgy+flotation
  • 2023 Production
    Copper: 128kt, Cobalt: 2,306t
  • M&A

    Zijin Mining acquired a 72% interest in the mine through two transactions in 2014 and 2016. In early 2024, Zijin transferred a 5% interest in the project to the DRC government, resulting in a 67% interest held by the company upon completion of the transfer.


COMMUS is one of the founding members of the China Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa. It pioneered eco-friendly mining practices in the DRC and has adopted China’s advanced approach to ecological preservation, receiving widespread praise from the DRC government and local communities.

COMMUS implements a local hiring policy and actively supports local development, particularly in infrastructure, public services, and sports and cultural activities. It has signed the 2021-2025 Community Project Task Document with eight surrounding communities and has funded the construction of over twenty projects, including training schools, medical stations, specialized farms, farmers’ markets, multifunctional sports stadiums, and municipal water supply facilities.