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Anil Agarwal wins court approval to reclaim Zambia mine

Vedanta to Inject $1 billion in expansion efforts following court's approval

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi
Anil Agarwal

Key points:

  • Vedanta secures court approval to regain control of Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines.
  • Company commits $250 million to settle debts, clearing path for operational takeover.
  • Planned $1-billion investment aims to boost annual copper production and complete expansion projects.

Vedanta Resources Ltd., led by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, has won court approval to take back control of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia. This decision comes after a long legal and financial struggle involving international mining operations and local government.

In 2019, KCM was put into provisional liquidation. The Zambian government accused Vedanta of not keeping its promises about expanding the mine and not paying enough taxes. Because of these accusations, the government took control of the mine from Vedanta, causing tension between the company and the authorities.

Court ruling and settlement

A recent Lusaka court ruling allowed Vedanta to reclaim the mine, supported by KCM’s creditors. Zambia’s Mines Minister, Paul Kabuswe, publicly supported this decision on social media. This ruling is not just a legal win for Vedanta but also helps them strengthen their mining operations in Africa.

To meet the court’s requirements and regain control, Vedanta must pay $250 million to settle debts with KCM’s contractors and suppliers. Vedanta has stated they are ready to pay these debts quickly, showing their commitment to resolving the issues that led to the mine’s liquidation.

Vedanta commits $1 billion to Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines following court approval

Following a favorable court decision, Vedanta Resources Ltd. has committed to investing $1 billion over the next five years in Zambia’s Konkola Copper Mines (KCM). This investment will address pending expansion projects and aims to boost the mine’s annual copper output, which has recently plummeted to less than 40,000 tonnes from a potential of over 300,000 tonnes.

Recognized as one of the world’s deepest underground mines, Konkola faces significant operational challenges, including severe water ingress. Continuously managing this water is crucial for maintaining mine operations.

This substantial investment also supports the global shift toward renewable technologies and electric vehicles, sectors that heavily rely on copper. With copper prices at record highs, revitalizing KCM is poised to significantly contribute to a sustainable global copper supply.

This development not only resolves a major international business dispute but also sets the stage for substantial economic contributions through enhanced mining practices in Zambia. Industry observers eagerly anticipate Vedanta’s next moves, which could herald a new era of growth in the region’s mining sector.

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