Zambia's Copperbelt Energy Corp. (CEC), which supplies power to the country's copper and cobalt mines, has cut back supply following disruptions in electricity imports, a senior CEC official said on Wedneday.

We have been required to cut back our normal supply of 530 mega watts by about 15 percent, and the mines are having to operate at a lower load. This will affect production, Neil Croucher, managing director of CEC, told Reuters.

Konkola Copper Mines, a unit of London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc, and Mopani Copper Mines, a joint venture of Swiss firm Glencore International and Canada's First Quantum Minerals, are among the major foreign miners in Zambia. (Reporting by Chris Mfula, Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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