Kolwezi


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Kolwezi

(kōlwĕz`ē), city (1984 pop. 416,122), Haut-Katanga prov., SE Congo (Kinshasa). It is a center for copper and cobalt mining. There are copper-ore concentration plants, a zinc refinery, and a brewery. Rebels attacked the city in 1978, flooding the mines.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Kolwezi

 

a city in Shaba Province of the Republic of Zaïre. Population, 45,200 (1960). Station on the railroad leading to the port of Lobito in Angola. Kolwezi is the center of the western group of mines (Kamoto, Musonoi) of the copperbelt. The city has a zinc-electrolytic plant and paint and varnish enterprises. It also has a food-processing industry. A copper and cobalt electrolysis plant is located nearby.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
Large estates and ranches already exist--Grelka (Forrest), Bush Camp Number One in Lubumbashi, Kifita and Mangombo in Kolwezi. Smaller farms, set up in the Copper Belt in colonial times, are usually worked by subsistence farmers growing vegetables and some livestock.
Locality: The dumps of the Musonoi Cu-Co-Mn-U mine, western portion of Shaba (formerly Katanga) Province, near Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire); approximately at Lat.
Located 175 km northwest of Lubumbashi in the highland savannas of Shaba province, these two exceptionally rich deposits encompass over 1,400 [km.sup.2] between the active copper mining centres of Kolwezi and Likasi.
The list of top-10 companies includes the Switzerland-based Glencore Xsurata, associated with Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler's Fleurette Group, which controls the lucrative Kamoto mining complex and the Mutanda deposit near Kolwezi. These two assets comprise around a dozen open pit and underground mines with a potential output of 500,000 tonnes per year.
Ndola is at the southern end of the copper belt which stretches 500 kilometers northwest to Kitwe and Chingola, across the border into Katanga province, Congo (Shaba province, Zaire), and west through the towns of Lubumbashi (Elisabethville), Likasi and Kolwezi.
Plant practice descriptions are provided for several installations, including the expansions at Freeport Indonesia, ZCCM's Nchanga plant in Zambia, La Caridad in Mexico, Chuquicamata and Sewell in Chile, Mount Isa Mines and Red Dome in Australia, Sotiel in Spain and the Kolwezi plant in Zaire.
In addition, Zijin's Africa project achieved a new level of speed of "internationalization"- 4 months right after the big success of the 9-month construction of the Phase II copper and cobalt project of Kolwezi Copper Mine, its first qualified cathode copper plate rolled off the hydrometallurgical production line, becoming a large-scale copper mine with an annual output of 10,000 tonnes.
Also near Kolwezi is ENRC's Kolwezi Tailings and, also in Katanga, is their Frontier and Lonshi mines.