Transmission line
Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka, the second fastest growing city in Africa. Pic credit: Zambia Tourism

On Tuesday, state-owned power company the Zambia Electricity Supply Commission (ZESCO) awarded a contract to engineering, management and specialist technical provider Aurecon to provide engineering, design and construction supervision services for the $200 million Lusaka Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation Project in Zambia.

As part of the deal, Aurecon’s environmental team will collaborate and identify remedial or preventative measures that can be performed to get the best out of the system upgrades, the company said in a statement.

Aurecon project leader Anton Harmse said: “The large number of sub-projects and the sequential implementation of the various components of the project will require significant effort during the project planning and scheduling stages.

He said: “The creation of this transmission and distribution infrastructure will ensure the long-term sustainable operation of the network”, Harmse added.

The World Bank-funded Lusaka Transmission and Distribution Rehabilitation Project is expected to be completed in 2019.

The objectives of the T&D project “are to increase the capacity and improve the reliability of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the Lusaka area,” according to the World Bank.

According to Aurecon, the capital of Zambia, Lusaka, is the second fastest growing city on the continent with a consistent energy demand increase of 6% per annum over the past decade.

Reliable power supply in Zambia

ZESCO’s work on transmission and distribution follows news earlier this year that the country’s fibre optic network project was reaching completion. The fibre optic network will connect to high voltage power cables across Zambia.

Cyprian Chitundu, former managing director of Zesco, highlighted that the core objective of the network is to secure a reliable and efficient power supply from generation to the final power user.