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First Quantum to power Zambia copper mines with wind, solar

First Quantum Minerals plans to power its copper mines in Zambia through a $500-million solar and wind energy installation funded by a TotalEnergies-backed company and Chariot.

Electricity shortages have, in the past decade, hurt mining operations in the southern African nation that relies almost completely on hydropower. The project is also a shift for Vancouver-based First Quantum that had planned on investing in a 300-MW coal-power project in neighboring Botswana to supply the Zambian mines.

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