THE Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) says it will not interfere with or endanger any national assets or those of its customers.
CEC has today June 1, 2020 commenced the process of discontinuing power provision to Konkola Copper Mines.
Senior manager corporate
communication Chama Nsabika said the decision by CEC comes on the back of two critical issues: CEC currently has no contractual basis to continue providing service to KCM and KCM’s outstanding indebtedness to CEC of about US $144 million as at end of May 2020 remains without an agreed solution between the parties.
“Further to our statement of May 29, 2020 on the decision to discontinue power supply to Konkola Copper Mines Plc (KCM) due to there being no contractual basis to provide service, Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) wishes to advise that it has today, 1 June 2020, commenced the process of discontinuing power provision to KCM,” she said in a statement.
Nsabika said the decision had been taken to protect and enforce CEC’s commercial rights as a business and ensure that the Company does not engage in reckless trading.
“As a listed business, CEC has an obligation to all its shareholders to preserve whatever value is left of its business at this stage. Without this important action, the continuing risks may cause irreparable damage to the business,” she stated. “As a responsible business and corporate citizen, CEC will not interfere with or endanger any national assets or those of its customers. CEC’s interest at all times is to ensure that its business and that of its customers operate optimally and to each party’s best interest, having regard for the mutual obligations that underpin commercial business relationships.”
She said reduction of power, whenever justifiable, was “an action of last resort done in a very responsible, well-considered and planned process with the full involvement of the customer, prioritising the safety of personnel and equipment, and leaving the minimum power required for purposes of safeguarding personnel and the mine’s assets”.