Zesco in more power this month

GOVERNMENT has adopted a three-phased process to address the power deficit in the country with the initial 60 megawatts coming on the national grid this month, says Chief Government spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili.

He said the initiatives include short term, mid-term and long term measures.

Short term measures which commence from this month to June next year and Government hopes to increase power generation by 420 Mega Watts (MW) which would include Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power Project with installed capacity of 120 MW.

Mr Kambwili said another project slated to commence in March next year was the Maamba Coal Fired Power project with the installed capacity of 300 MW

This is according to a statement issued yesterday following a Cabinet meeting on Monday at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

“One of the short term projects is the Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power Project with the installed capacity of 120 MW is being developed under a consortium of Zesco Limited and TATA Africa Limited.  The first unit of 60 MW for the project is scheduled to be commissioned in December, 2015 and the second unit in January, 2016,’’ Mr Kambwili said

Mr Kambwili said among the planned projects are Ndola Energy Phase II (Heavy Fuel Oil) – 50 MW, Chavuma Mini Hydro – 14 MW and solar energy and that at least 200 MW to be commissioned by early 2016.

‘’At least 200 MW will be commissioned by early 2016. The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will promote 100 MW while the Ministry of Energy and Water Development will promote another 100 MW’’, he said.

Mr Kambwili explained that on the long term projects, the Government had planned to implement three projects that were slated to commence in the year 2021. Included in this would be the at least 200 MW of solar energy projects, Luapula River Projects which is shared with the Democratic Republic Congo to generate 1000MW.

Others include the EMCO Coal fired power plant to generate 340 MW and the Batoka Project shared with Zimbabwe which will generate 2,400MW.

“With all these programmes, the current electricity shortage the country is facing will be a talk of the past.  Zambia will in the next few years be the main electricity exporter in the Southern Africa region’’ Mr Kambwili said.

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