May 31, 2018 / 11:06 AM / 6 months ago

Congo copper production in Q1 rises 8 pct; cobalt output up 34 pct

DAKAR, May 31 (Reuters) - * Democratic Republic of Congo produced 296,717 tonnes of copper in the first quarter of 2018, up 8.2 percent over the same period last year, the central bank said in a report on Thursday.

* Cobalt production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 34.4 percent to 23,921 tonnes, the bank said.

* Gold production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 9.7 percent to 8,549 kilograms, the bank said.

* Congo is Africa’s top copper producer and the world’s leading miner of cobalt, a key ingredient in batteries for electric cars and other electronics. (Reporting by Aaron Ross; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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